Pope Manufacturing Co founded in Boston, MA by Albert Pope.
First Columbia bicycles are manufactured in Hartford, MA with the "High Wheeler" being the first off the line.
The Columbia Century model debuts, the first pneumatic tire bicycle produced by Columbia, bringing comfortable cycling to the masses.
Columbia premiers their first "chainless" shaft drive bikes. More expensive yet easier to maintain than a chain driven bike of the era.
Pope Manufacturing head offices and factory joined at central location in Westfield, MA.
Pope Manufacturing reorganized as The Westfield Mfg Co. and contributes greatly to the war effort, making bikes for the troops and even munitions.
The Westfield Mfg Co. secures a huge contract with the US military to produce both Men’s and Ladies bikes for the war effort, including Bazooka shells. Westfield earned the coveted “Army-Navy “E” Award” for Product Achievement, and is featured on the cover of Life Magazine.
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