Columbia Bicycle, 1888

Columbia Bicycle, 1888

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The Pope Manufacturing Company made this Columbia Light Roadster model bicycle around 1888. The introduction of the safety bicycle with equal-sized wheels made Ordinary (or high-wheeler) less popular, and Pope introduced a safety model in 1888, and ceased production of the Ordinary in 1892. Albert A. Pope founded the Pope Manufacturing Company in the 1870s. The company was the first company to manufacture bicycles on American soil. Pope, who had previously exported bicycles from England, began building bicycles under the trade name "Columbia" in the Weed Sewing Machine Company's factory in Hartford Connecticut in 1879. By 1890, the company was so successful it purchased the factory from Weed because it needed all the space.
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Object Name
Bicycle, Ordinary
Other Terms
Bicycle, Ordinary; Road
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Credit Line
Gift of A. E. Schaaf
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America on the Move
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National Museum of American History
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