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Columbia Bicycles.
Pope Manufacturing Co. Hartford, Conn. 1896. - Well illustrated booklet advertising bicycles and bicycle accessories; approximately 3.5 x 6 inches; 32 pp. Edges of front and rear cover show wear with light discoloration along front cover's free edge. Eleven models are pictured and described, 6 for men and 4 for women and one a tandem [two person] for male and female bicyclists. Text informs the reader that "For nineteen years the Pope Manufacturing Company has had but one aim-to build the best bicycles in the world and as a result for nineteen years Columbias have been the recognized standard for bicycle attainment." (However, these were not inexpensive items-the Columbia bicycle customer was most likely a well-to-do individual.) The catalogue is an uncommon publication testifying to the popularity of bicycles in the 1890's both for sport and recreation and, particularly with regard to women, as a vehicle of emancipation. An engaging promotional booklet, nicely illustrated, describing in detail some of the finest bicycles manufactured in the 1890's. Good condition. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: old imprints ABAA/ILAB]
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