MAKERS: COLUMBIA (Pope Mfg Co)

Following a visit to the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876, where a number of high-wheelers, including an Ariel, were displayed, Col. Albert Augustus Pope set up as a bicycle agent at 45 High St, Boston, Mass.

He made his first bicycle in July/August 1877 and, in May, 1878, contracted for the Weed Sewing Machine Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, to manufacture his first machines for resale. He soon took over the Weed Co and, by 1879, his first agencies and a uniform pricing system were established.

Pope started the Wheeling Association in 1880 which promoted the building of better roads and fostered the earliest American bicycle clubs and, by 1890, his company had an output of some 600 machines a day, with 38,000 employees and 3,800 sales agents.

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Items in this Collection

1876 Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol

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1891 Columbia Light Roadster Safety

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1892 Century Columbia (Duplex frame)

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1892 Elliott Hickory ‘A’ Safety Bicycle

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1892 Elliott Hickory Solid-Tyre Safety Bicycle

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1892 Kirkpatrick Saddle

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1892 OLD HICKORY ALMANAC

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1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 …with Ellipictal Gear

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1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 (For Restoration)

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1893 Columbia Century Roadster

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1893 Columbia Model 32 Road Racer with Elliptical Chainwheel

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1893 HICKORY WHEEL Co CATALOGUE

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1894 Elliott Hickory Ladies Safety

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1896 Columbia Model 40 Military

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1897 Columbia Racing Tandem

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1898 Columbia Ladies Chainless (Shaft drive)

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1898 Columbia Model 50 Chainless

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1903 Columbia Model 106 Cushion Chainless

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1904 Columbia 28″ Cushion Arch-bar Chainless Roadster with Hartford Tire Coaster Brake

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1908 Columbia Automobile Pedal Car

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1916 Columbia Men’s Chainless ‘Model 604’

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1917 Red Wing Truss Bridge (Archbar) Bicycle (Westfield Columbia)

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1917/1918 WW1 Columbia Military Model U.S Army Issue #USA748

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1918 Pope Daily Service Commercial Bicycle

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1918 WW1 Columbia Military Model (Black)

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1918 WW1 Columbia Military Model (US Army Issue Green)

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1919 Columbia Model 912 Roadster

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1920s Columbia Archbar

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1926 Columbia ‘Junior Roadster’ 50th Anniversary Model

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1928/1929 Columbia Bicyclet

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1929 Columbia ‘Boycycle’ Tricycle

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1946 Columbia Compax ‘Paratrooper’ Sports Traveler

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1947 Columbia ‘Compax Paratrooper’ Folding Bicycle

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Columbia & 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Museum

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Harry Pope: The Old Master

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