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Ride the High Country

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1893 Featherstone Brochure From eBay
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:14:11 AM »
I wonder if any member here was the purchaser of the Featherstone brochure from the 1893 World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition, that was recently sold on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Featherstone-Bicycle-Exhibit-Fold-Ad-from-the-1893-World-039-s-Columbian-Exposition-/202694113141?hash=item2f3182b775%3Ag%3A3ZYAAOSwfF5c8Dir&nma=true&si=DucG4QrYT5COCyn6qrQIuQ9iqpU%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

I own a Featherstone Prince bicycle, recently restored by Craig Allen, that was a display model from the Fair. I would gladly pay a substantially higher price for the brochure, so as to be able to display it with the bicycle. Even high resolution scans would be helpful.

Any help would be most appreciated.


Brad Drexler

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Re: 1893 Featherstone Brochure From eBay
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 08:56:34 PM »
I recently found the '93 Road king and Queen catalog

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Re: 1893 Featherstone Brochure From eBay
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2019, 05:21:22 AM »
That’s quite a remarkable find!

It’s a shame that the treasure trove of commentary from the old Wheelmen forum was neither left up as an archive, nor merged onto the new forum. It would have been fascinating to compare the Road Queen and Road King on the lengthy Featherstone discussions with the illustrations and descriptions in that catalogue.

Does this catalogue feature other Featherstone models, or is it devoted solely to the Road King and Road Queen? (Readers should note that in 1893, Featherstone also issued a catalogue covering all models other than the King and Queen.) The 1894 and 1895 annual catalogues feature all models.

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Re: 1893 Featherstone Brochure From eBay
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2019, 06:53:32 AM »
The catalog is exclusive to the King and Queen. Contrary to the sellers claim, wood rims was not an option on the Queen.
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Re: 1893 Featherstone Brochure From eBay
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 02:15:48 AM »
I can’t imagine why, in the original discussion, there was any credence at all given to the idea that the wooden rims on the early Road Queen in question were original to that bicycle.

Now that the discussion has vanished from the internet, and the photos with it, it can not be determined how closely that Road Queen adhered to the cuts in your 1893 catalogue. I can say that my Prince is an absolutely perfect match for the cut in the 1893 catalogue of mid-range bicycles. It would also have been interesting to compare your catalogue illustrations to the photos of Paul Rubenson’s Road King.

Alas, Google have cached only the second page of the discussion:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:z6rjOHvVUF0J:www.thewheelmen.org/forum/topic.asp%3FTOPIC_ID%3D8228%26whichpage%3D2+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

And the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine has nothing at all from it.

That looks like a beautiful catalogue, by the way.

The seller of the Columbian Exposition brochure contacted the buyer on my behalf, though unfortunately, the latter declined to part with it. I have made a standing offer. And the seller, an expert on the Fair, very kindly supplied me with a superb high-resolution scan of the engraving of the Featherstone exhibit.

Paul Rubenson

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Re: 1893 Featherstone Brochure From eBay
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2019, 09:24:08 PM »
I did archive those earlier threads, and will try to find them and re-up them.  I have the 1893 Road King.
Paul