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Manufacturer: Columbia   Site of Operations: Boston, MA
Founder: Albert Pope   Contact Information:  
Parent Company Pope Manufacturing   Website: n/a
Tricycles Made Since: 1883   Notable Lines/Models: Elgin, Columbia
Still in Business: Yes    

COMPANY HISTORY:

Pope Manufacturing Company is a manufacturing company started by Albert Augustus Pope in Hartford, CT. The company began with the introduction of the "Columbia" High Wheeler in 1878. Pope bought Pierre Lallement's original patent for the bicycle, and aggressively bought all other bicycle patents he could find, amassing a fortune by restricting the types of bicycles other American manufacturers could make and charging them royalties. He used the latest technologies in his bicycles -- inventions such as ball bearings in all moving parts, and hollow steel tubes for the frame, and he spent a great deal of money promoting bicycle clubs, journals, and races. Until 1896, Pope was the leading US producer of bicycles. [wikipedia.org]

Notable Features: Coming Soon....

Boycycle Headbadge from Steinfield Brothers

~1950's Columbia Headbadge Sticker

Another variation of a Columbia Boycycle head badge

From 1884 Catalog

~1950's Columbia Headbadge Decal

Maxim Motor Tricycle, circa 1890's, converted Columbia tandem with pneumatic tires & engine.

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Circa 1883 Columbia 3 track tricycle, very early model, sold at Copake Auction.

 

Columbia tandem double chain driven two-person tricycle, Pope Mfg. Co., from print ad circa 1880's.

Columbia Surprise Velocipede from 1888 sales catalog

1888 Pope Mfg. Co. Columiba bicycle & tricycle advertisement.

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Columbia Boycycle for Steinfield Brothers in New York

~1950's Columbia Tricycle.

Columbia Boycycle

     

Columbia Boycycle circa 1920's.

Columbia Boycycle from around 1930.

Columbia wooden seated tot tricycle from the 1920's in very nice original condition.

An example of an adult tricycle made by Columbia, probably around 1940.

1960's small Columbia tricycle.

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