An Ever Saddled Horse Which Eats Nothing

Albert Pope, born 1843 in Boston, visited the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, where he saw new two-wheeled contraptions on exhibit.

He returned to Boston and started the Pope Manufacturing Company, the first American bicycle manufacturer, which later relocated to Hartford.

Pope turned out 60,000 bicycles a year by the 1890s. He also became a key sponsor of the League of American Wheelmen, which lobbied for better roads.

Img via flickr/CGoulao

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