Peddling Bicycles to America: The Rise of an Industry (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jul 1, 2010 - Transportation - 302 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

2 Colonel Pope Goes to Hartford
24
3 The Great Patent Wars
35
4 Building the Mass Market
55
5 The Coming of the Safety Bicycle
74
6 Reading Riting Rithmetic and Roads
89
7 The Great Bicycle Boom
105
8 The Motor Carriage
129
9 Troubled Times
149
11 Picking Up the Pieces
189
12 After Pope
207
13 All Gone to Their Account
229
14 The Long Road Home
235
Chapter Notes
247
Bibliography
277
Index
289
Copyright

10 The Bicycle Trust
171

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About the author (2010)

Bruce D. Epperson is a transportation planner and attorney who has published technical works on various aspects of urban transportation planning (including bicycle use) for the Federal Highway Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Active with the International Cycle History Conference for more than a decade, he has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Japan.

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