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PEDDLING BICYCLES TO AMERICA – A RISE OF AN INDUSTRY

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PEDDLING BICYCLES TO AMERICA – A RISE OF AN INDUSTRY
WRITTEN BY BRUCE D. EPPERSON

This economic and technical history of the early American bicycle industry focuses on the crucial period from 1876 to the beginning of World War I. It looks particularly at the life and career of the industry’s most significant personality during this era, Albert Augustus Pope. After becoming enamored with English high-wheeled bicycles during a visit to the Philadelphia World’s Fair in 1876, Pope soon started paying Hartford, Connecticut’s Weed Sewing Machine Company to make his own brand of high-wheeler, the “Columbia,” the first to be manufactured in America in significant numbers. A decade later, Pope bought out that company, and ten years after that, Hartford’s Park River was lined with five of Pope’s factories. This book tells the story of the Pope Manufacturing Company’s meteoric rise and fall and the growth of an industry around it.

CONTENTS :
1. I was not a bad boy. Only mischievous
2. Colonel Pope goes to Hartford
3. The great patent wars
4. Building the mass market
5. The coming of the safety bicycle
6. Reading, ‘riting’, rithmetic and roads
7. The great bicycle boom
8. The motor carriage
9. Troubles times
10. The bicycle Trust
11. Picking up the pieces
12. After Pope
13. All gone to their account
14. The long road home

The book is new, soft cover, 294 pages, English text.

ISBN : 978-0-7864-4780-0

INFORMATIE

Vintage Motor Cyclebooks