Jewelry. There were many buttons*, lapel pins and other items to wear on ones clothing
to show brand loyalty.
*Please see the "Collectables,
Pins and Lapel Buttons" page.
Card games were popular in victorian times. Game counters were used to keep score. This
one would remind everyone playing that Columbia bicycles were the ones to buy.
Below is another style game counter, this one made of cardboard.
There was a lot of cigar smoking during that card game. Even when you put your smoke
down you would be reminded of Columbia bicycles or even other Pope products like Pope Automobiles as in the upper ashtray.
I'm pretty sure the one on the lower left is not an ashtray because of the lack of indentations to hold the smokes. It
may be a tip tray or a general purpose desk tray that could hold paper clips or whatever you would want.
An 1890’s “Tip
Tray” made of brass with a porcelain inset. On the back is has the makers mark of “D’NARA
DIAL CO. WALTHAM MASS.”
In the Westfield Mfg. Co. era bicycle manufacturing emphasis had shifted to kids bikes and
so did the promotions. In 1948 adds in cartoon form were in the back of comic books. You could send away for a free catalog
or for a few cents a realy neat whistle.
Also from 1948 is this Rules of the Road card meant to teach bicycle safety to kids. A Columbia
bike is featured.
For the 75th Anniversary in 1952 employees received either a tie tack or bracelet. The tie
tack pictured was given to my father at the time he worked there.
Below is a Paperweight that was also produced for the 1952 75th Anniversary
In 1974 belt buckles were given to the management at Columbia Bicycles. Some of the first
issued had an interesting mistake and said "Westfield Conn." on the back instead of "Westfield Mass".
A coffee mug from the 1960's.
In the late 1900's many household ceramic items were available with Columbia Bicycle advertising
on them. Made in England about 1898 this collection included Milk Pitchers, Soap Dishes, Ashtrays and Canisters. I'm still
on the lookout for any other items in this collection that I don't have.
They came in both red and blue artwork, all with the same design. These are some of the items from this set that
I have collected over the years.
Columbia Magnifying Glass (plastic).
Desk blotters from the early 1920's
The Columbia "Wings" ornament was standard on all models from 1929 - 1931.
cards were used quite often to advertise bicycles. This pair is from the early 1880's. Both have the same front but different
More trade cards from the 1880's.
Trade card from 1886
1977 was Columbia's 100 year Anniversary. This leather bound nail clipper/knife
set was issued in 1977.
Paper dolls from a series of 6 that was produced
to promote bicycling for women. Each displayed a designer fashion outfit made especially for Women’s bicycle riding.
These were available by mail for 2 cents in the mid-1890’s.
This is a bicycle
race medal from 1897 given by Pope Mfg. Co. Bicycle racing was a popular sport in the 1890’s. This medal was given to
E.A. Strong for winning a 2 mile race in 5.23 on June 5th, 1897.
In the early days of bicycling every bike came with it's own tool kit just as automobiles
and motorcycles did. If you owned and operated your own machine you did need to be mechanically inclined.
Here is some Pope Wrenches and tools that would have been in these kits.
All of the above wrenches were made by a Hartford Connecticut company by the name of Billings
and Spencer. They state that they were produced exclusively for Pope Mfg. Co.
With a Patent date of 1889 this oiler would have been included in the tool kits of Ordinary or High Wheeler
A Compass "Compliments of Pope Mfg. Co. - Boston" dated 1892
and possibly given out at the 1892 Columbian Exposition.
A 1902 Columbia Desk Calendar. This rare example is completely intact and the metal frame has never been bent
out to sit on a desk. These Calendars were available for many years from Pope Mfg based on magazine ads available. They had
a different quote every day promoting the value of owning and riding Columbia bikes of course.
Paper hats from 1950. 1950 was an important year for Columbia with the introduction of all new models and a
huge advertising campaign. These hats may have been worn by Columbia dealers during one of those promotions.