MAKERS: COLUMBIA (Pope Mfg Co)

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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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Pope-Air-Rifle-Pistol-1

1876 Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol

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1891_Columbia_05

1891 Columbia Light Roadster Safety

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1892-Century-Columbia-77

1892 Century Columbia (Duplex frame)

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1891_Hickory_01

1892 Elliott Hickory ‘A’ Safety Bicycle

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1892 Elliott Hickory Solid-Tyre Safety Bicycle

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1891_Hickory_40

1892 Kirkpatrick Saddle

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1892_Old_Hickory_Almanac_01

1892 OLD HICKORY ALMANAC

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1893-Columbia-Model-32-1-

1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 …with Ellipictal Gear

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1893 Columbia 32 05

1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 (For Restoration)

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1891_Columbia_Light_Roadster_01

1893 Columbia Century Roadster

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1893-COLUMBIA-Elliptical-Chainwheel-07

1893 Columbia Model 32 Road Racer with Elliptical Chainwheel

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1893_Elliott_Hickory_Catalogue_02

1893 HICKORY WHEEL Co CATALOGUE

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1894-ELLIOTT-HICKORY-64

1894 Elliott Hickory Ladies Safety

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1896 Columbia Model 40 with Colt Machine Gun 05

1896 Columbia Model 40 Military Model with Colt Machine Gun

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1897-columbia-tandem-06

1897 Columbia Racing Tandem

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1898 Columbia Ladies Chainless (Shaft drive)

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1898 Columbia Model 50 Chainless 05

1898 Columbia Model 50 Chainless

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1902_Columbia_20

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 05

1908 Columbia Automobile Pedal Car

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1916-COLUMBIA-CHAINLESS-1

1916 Columbia Men’s Chainless ‘Model 604’

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1917-Red-Wing-Arch-Bar-Truss-Bridge-Bicycle-1

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

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WW1 Columbia Military Model 05

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

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1916_POPE_DAILY_SERVICE_01

1918 Pope Daily Service Commercial Bicycle

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1918-Columbia-Military-Model-05

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_01

1919 Columbia Model 912 Roadster

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1920s Columbia Archbar 05

1920s Columbia Archbar

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1926 Columbia Junior Roadster 05

1926 Columbia ‘Junior Roadster’ 50th Anniversary Model

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1928-Columbia-Bicyclet-05-1

1928/1929 Columbia Bicyclet

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1929 Columbia Boycycle Tricycle 05

1929 Columbia ‘Boycycle’ Tricycle

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FOR SALE 1946 Compax Paratrooper 05

1946 Columbia Compax ‘Paratrooper’ Sports Traveler

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1947 Columbia Compax Paratrooper 05

1947 Columbia ‘Compax Paratrooper’ Folding Bicycle

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1892_century Columbia

Columbia & 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Museum

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1902-stevens-pope

Harry Pope: The Old Master

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