Advertising was as crucial to business in the later part of the 19th Century as it is today. Col. Albert Pope knew this when he founded Pope Mfg. Co. in 1877. Right from the start he put advertising in every appropriate magazine he could. These are just a sample of the seemingly endless ads for Columbia bikes from the early days of the company.

AdvertisingMagasineMisc/60.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/59.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/58.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/57.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/56.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/55.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/54.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/53.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/52.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/51.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/50.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/49.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/48.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/47.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/46.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/45.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/44.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/43.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/42.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/41.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/40.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/39.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/38.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/37.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/36.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/35.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/34.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/33.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/32.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/31.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/30.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/29.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/28.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/27.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/26.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/25.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/24.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/23.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/22.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/21.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/20.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/19.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/18.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/17.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/16.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/15.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/14.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/13.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/012.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/011.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/09.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/08.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/07.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/06.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/05.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/04.jpg
AdvertisingMagasineMisc/03.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/02.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/010.jpg AdvertisingMagasineMisc/01.jpg

 

 Columbia bikes were also promoted to appeal to the ever growing woman’s bicycling community.

WomansAdds/Pope_Ladies_Chainless.jpg WomansAdds/9.jpg WomansAdds/8.jpg WomansAdds/7.jpg
WomansAdds/6.jpg WomansAdds/5.jpg WomansAdds/4.jpg WomansAdds/2.jpg
WomansAdds/14.jpg WomansAdds/13.jpg WomansAdds/12.jpg WomansAdds/11.jpg
WomansAdds/10.jpg WomansAdds/00001.jpg

  Men were not left out of the picture.

mensAdds/Pope_man_anticipates.jpg mensAdds/7.jpg mensAdds/6.jpg mensAdds/5.jpg
mensAdds/4.jpg mensAdds/2.jpg mensAdds/1.jpg

  Pope made Chainless bikes from 1898 – 1922. These were heavily promoted as their best bike.

chainlessAdds/9.jpg chainlessAdds/7.jpg chainlessAdds/6.jpg chainlessAdds/8.jpg
chainlessAdds/5.jpg chainlessAdds/4.jpg chainlessAdds/3.jpg chainlessAdds/10.jpg
chainlessAdds/1.jpg chainlessAdds/2.jpg chainlessAdds/11.jpg

Advertisements2/printersblocks.JPG

Printers blocks used to print Columbia Bicycle advertisements.

Advertisements2/printerselgin.JPG

Advertisements2/printerstricycle.JPG

Advertisements2/printersarchbar.JPG