Catalog for Van Cleve Bicycles, Wright Cycle Company, 1900

Summary

The Wright brothers opened their first bicycle shop in 1892, and started building their own cycles under the Van Cleve and St. Clair brand names in 1896. The design and machining skills they gained from their bicycles -- as well as the modest profits -- enabled the brothers' later efforts to build the first successful heavier-than-air, powered aircraft in 1903.

The Wright brothers opened their first bicycle shop in 1892, and started building their own cycles under the Van Cleve and St. Clair brand names in 1896. The design and machining skills they gained from their bicycles -- as well as the modest profits -- enabled the brothers' later efforts to build the first successful heavier-than-air, powered aircraft in 1903.

Artifact

Trade catalog

Date Made

1900

Subject Date

1900

Creators

Wright Cycle Company 

Stevens & Stevens, Printers 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Dayton 

Creator Notes

Printed by Stevens & Stevens Printers for Wright Cycle Company of Dayton, Ohio.

Collection Title

Trade Catalog Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2013.0.42.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 5.875 in

Width: 4.125 in

Inscriptions

Insignia on front cover: VAN CLEVE / WRIGHT CYCLE CO. / DAYTON, O.

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