This is an original 1899 black and white print ad for Columbia and Hartford Bicycles from the Pope Sales Department of the American Bicycle Company, Hartford, Conn.
This 112+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. No creases. Minor print defect - bottom left corner. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Columbia Bicycles, Pope Manufacturing.
Albert Augustus Pope, of the Pope Manufacturing Company, founded the Columbia Cycle Company in Hartford, Connecticut. Pope gained a great fortune early on by purchasing Pierre LallementÕs original bicycle patent. Thereafter, Pope actively and aggressively pursued the rights to as many bicycle patents as possible, thus limiting other American bicycle manufacturerÕs abilities to make a profit. Pope also invented ball bearings in all moving parts of the bicycles, as well as hollow steel tubes used in the cycleÕs frame. He invested much of his time in promoting the bicycle industry, through clubs, races and more. In 1878, the company introduced the Columbia High Wheeler bicycle. Until 1896, The Pope Manufacturing Company was the leader amongst United States bicycle producers.
Interesting Advertising Fact:
The Columbia Cycle Company was the first transportation company to utilize the Art Nouveau style in its advertising. Upon its great success, other transportation companies quickly followed suit.
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