1901 Ad Columbia Bicycles Bevel Gear Chainless Vedettes Hartford Chain EM2

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This is a small original 1901 black and white print ad for Columbia Bicycles, Columbia Chain Wheels, Hartfords and Vedettes by the Columbia Sales Department of Hartford, Connecticut.

CONDITION

This 110+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. Light water stain - right margin.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 2.75 x 4 inches; 7 x 10 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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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