[Various places, as noted below. Late 1800s - early 1900s]. Thirty-five pamphlets, six periodical issues, and one standing desk calendar. Individual details provided below. Pamphlets all in original wrappers. Several with minor toning, occasional chipping, creasing, or small tears, calendar partially perished. The majority very good to fine. The majority housed in a cloth binder and slipcase. Item #WRCAM55007
A substantial and colorful collection of early catalogues and pamphlets presenting not only comprehensive listings of bicycles, components, and accessories, but also tips on how to live modern life more fully, thanks to ongoing advances in cycling technology. The English Rover Safety Bicycle, considered the first modern bicycle (a rear-wheel-drive, chain-driven cycle with two similarly-sized wheels), appeared on the market in 1885-86 and set off a worldwide bicycle craze. By the early 1900s, more than 1 billion bicycles were on the roads. With this collection, one can chart cycling's early history in the United States, and the evolution of some of the leading manufacturers, several of which combined bicycle and arms manufacturing. While most of these companies were headquartered in the Northeast, Chicago, or Ohio, several had satellite offices as far west as Denver and San Francisco. Most of the pamphlets are extensively illustrated, featuring images of products along with cyclists of all ages, including women in increasingly modern cycling outfits. Bicycles not only gave Western women enhanced independence and mobility, they also contributed to the "rational dress" movement, which liberated women from corsets and ankle-length skirts and advocated more practical clothing. The items included here are as follows: 1) WOLFF-AMERICAN HIGH ART CYCLES. New York: R.H. Wolff & Co., Ltd., 1896. 32pp. Black, green, and white illustrations. Quarto. 2) WOLFF-AMERICAN HIGH ART CYCLES. New York: R.H. Wolff & Co., Ltd., . pp. Black and white illustrations. Stamps of Century Cycle Co., Bridgeport, Ct. on front free endpaper. Narrow octavo. 3) VICTOR SUNLIGHTS. Boston: Overman Wheel Co., [late 1800s]. pp. Colored illustrations. Oblong 12mo. 4) VICTOR BICYCLES. Chicopee Falls, Ma.: Overman Wheel Co., . 39,pp. Black and white illustrations. 5) UPHILL, DOWNHILL, OR ON THE LEVEL: THE STORY OF THE MORROW COASTER BRAKE. Elmira, N.Y..: Eclipse Mfg. Co., [ca. 1901]. 16pp. Black and white illustrations. Narrow 12mo. 6) RIDE A CYCLE 50 MILES AND PEDAL ONLY 35. Elmira, N.Y.: Eclipse Mfg. Co., [ca. 1900]. pp. Printed in red and blue. Illustration in blue and white. Narrow 12mo. 7) THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR: THE 1898 GRANDE BICYCLES. Burlington, Vt.: Holton Hardware Co., 1898. pp. Printed in purple. Purple and white illustrations. Narrow 12mo. 8) PORTFOLIO OF ILLUSTRATIONS SHOWING THE WHITE BICYCLES. Cleveland: White Sewing Machine Co., . pp. Colored and black and white illustrations. Quarto. 9) IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS AND CYCLE WORKS. Fitchburg, Ma., 1897. 32pp. Sepia, purple, and white illustrations. Quarto. 10) IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS AND CYCLE WORKS: BICYCLE CATALOGUE 1899. Fitchburg, Ma., 1899. 28pp. Black and white illustrations. Narrow octavo. 11) IVER JOHNSON BICYCLES, VELOCIPEDES, JUNIORCYCLES, BABY WALKERS. Fitchburg, Ma.: Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works, [ca. 1936]. 23pp. Red, blue, black, and white illustrations. Oblong octavo. 12) COLUMBIA BICYCLES. Boston: Pope Manufacturing Co., 1886. 51pp. Black and white illustrations. 13) COLUMBIA BICYCLES. Boston: Pope Manufacturing Co., 1893. 51pp. Black and white illustrations. Red ink stamp of C.F. Martin, Agent, Clinton, Ma., on front wrapper. Quarto. 14) COLUMBIA BICYCLES. Boston: Pope Manufacturing Co., 1894. 44pp. Printed in sepia. Black and white illustrations. Quarto. 15) COLUMBIA, HARTFORD, AND VEDETTE BICYCLES. Hartford, Ct.: Pope Mfg. Co., Eastern Dept., 1905. 24pp. Black and white illustrations. Quarto. 16) COLUMBIA BICYCLES. Westfield, Ma.: Westfield Mfg. Co., 1931. 19pp. Blue, red, black, and white illustrations. 17) THE FINEST CHILD'S SEAT. Indianapolis: Progress Mfg. Co., [ca. 1892]. pp. Black and white illustrations. 18) THE HORSMAN BICYCLES. New York: E.I. Horsman, . pp. Black and white illustrations. 19) LOVELL DIAMOND CYCLES. Boston: John P. Lovell Arms Co., 1894. 32pp. Black and white illustrations. Stamp of John Driscoll, Manchester, N.H., on titlepage. Oblong octavo. 20) REX CYCLE. Chicago: Rex Cycle Co., 1898. pp. Printed in green. Green and white illustrations. Red ink stamp of Rex Cycle Company, New York, on p.. 21) SILVER KING AND SILVER QUEEN BICYCLES. Springfield, Ma.: Hendee & Nelson Mfg. Co., . pp. Black and white illustrations. Small oblong quarto. 22) THE STEARNS BICYCLES. Syracuse, N.Y.: E.C. Stearns & Co., . 36pp. Printed in sepia. Black and white illustrations. Oblong quarto. 23) ERIE BICYCLES. Buffalo, N.Y.: Queen City Cycle Co., . 31pp. Printed in red and black. Black and white illustrations. Inscription ("Edward A. King, Agent") on rear wrapper. Oblong 12mo. 24) CLEVELAND AND WESTFIELD BICYCLES. Chicago: American Cycle Mfg. Co., 1902. 15,pp. Black and white illustrations. Quarto. 25) CATALOGUE NO. 13 OF IMPERIAL WHEELS. Chicago: American Cycle Mfg. Co., . 24pp. Black and white illustrations. Narrow octavo. 26) WILLIS' PARK ROW BICYCLE CO.... NET CASH PRICES. New York, 1901- 1902. Two volumes. 16pp.; 16pp. Small octavo. 27) BICYCLES MANUFACTURED FOR J.E. POORMAN, AGENT. Cincinnati, 1891. pp. Black and white illustrations. 28) AROUND THE WORLD ON A CLEVELAND BICYCLE. Cleveland: H.A. Lozier & Co., 1896. 31pp. Printed in red and black. Black and white illustrations. Quarto. 29) 365 DAYS AHEAD OF THEM ALL. Holyoke, Ma.: Keating Wheel Co., 1896. 32pp. Black, white, and sepia illustrations. Purple ink stamp of F. Sammis, Bridgeport, Ct. on titlepage. Quarto. 30) NEW MODEL ALVAH. Alvah Bicycle Works, 1898. pp. Color illustration. 31) CENTURION BICYCLES. Boston: H.B. Shattuck & Son, . 8pp. Black and white illustrations. Oblong 12mo. 32) MONARCH BICYCLES. Chicago: Monarch Cycle Mfg. Co., 1895. 40pp. Printed in black and sepia. Illustrations in green, sepia, black, and white. Quarto. 33) STORMER BICYCLES. Reading, Pa.: Acme Mfg. Co., [ca. 1890s]. pp. Illustrations in black and white. Oblong octavo. 34) [STANDING DESK CALENDAR FOR 1899 FEATURING TWO CYCLISTS]. Philadelphia: McIntire, Magee and Brown, Manufacturing and Jobbing Opticians, 1899. Color illustration. With tear-off sheets for each month. 35) THE RACYCLE. Middletown, Oh.: Miami Cycle & Mfg. Co., 1901. 24pp. Black and white illustrations. Inscription ("W.C. Smith, agt., Belvidere, N.J.") on front wrapper. 36) CYCLING GAZETTE, Vol. 5, No. 22 (April 28, 1898). 37) THE WHEEL: A JOURNAL OF CYCLING, Vol. 5, Nos. 14, 20, 22 (1884). 38) THE AMATEUR ATHLETE, CYCLIST'S EDITION: OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE LEAGUE OF THE AMERICAN WHEELMEN, Nos. 32, 40 (1885). 39) Luther H. Porter, WHEELS AND WHEELING: AN INDISPENSABLE HANDBOOK FOR CYCLISTS. Boston: Wheelman Co., 1892. xvi,388,pp. Black and white illustrations. An outstanding collection - informationally and visually - of turn- of-the-century American cycling catalogues.