Ad for Columbia Bicycles, with classical themes of winged messengers, published in an 1897 issue of McClure's Magazine.
Some have called this image one of best bicycle ads of the 19th century.
Piece cutout out of the magazine. Advertising on back for Pearline soap and Sulphume sulphur soap
UR corner ripped and taped back together. Tears left and right sides. Small tear upper border.
8” x 5”
Pope Manufacturing Company was founded by Albert Augustus Pope around 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, and incorporated in Connecticut in 1877. Manufacturing of bicycles began in 1878 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Weed Sewing Machine Company factory. Pope manufactured bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles. From 1905 to 1913, Pope gradually consolidated manufacturing to the Westfield Mass plant. The main offices remained in Hartford CT.
...In September 1878, Weed Sewing Machine Company built the last of the fifty bikes under the first contract. Albert Pope chose the brand name Columbia for the first high-wheelers "produced" by Pope Manufacturing...