Since most of the ads and catalogue illustrations of Columbia cars feature just the
vehicles, this page has gathered some photos and drawings from various
years which include people in (or very near) the automobiles.



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In 1953 and 1954, the Topps Chewing Gum Company sold a line of cards called "Wheels"
based on historical automobiles. While not as well-known nor as valuable as the
baseball cards, they have found a dedicated group of collectors.
Now known as the "World on Wheels" set, the cards feature colorful
artwork and a design similar to the 1953 Topps baseball set.
Five Columbia cars were included - the Electric Surrey and four gasoline models.
To see them, click HERE.




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The following four photos also appeared
in Automobile Topics Magazine


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Despite some mis-spellings, the item above is quite amusing.
To see an article about a genuine Columbia hybrid car, click HERE.




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Perhaps the guys in the photo above would have
enjoyed the modified vehicle shown below...


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Oldest Car in Atlantic Canada
September 2000

1902 Columbia Electric

98-year-old car to be featured at Sherbrooke show

1902 Columbia Electric automobile
This 1902 Columbia Electric automobile, owned by
Willard Saulnier of Meteghan, Digby County, Nova Scotia,
is the oldest operating car in Atlantic Canada.
Note the acetylene headlights.


There are old cars, there are antique cars and there is the car Willard Saulnier will take to the annual Sherbrooke Show and Shine in September.

The Meteghan man's 1902 Columbia Electric Car, the oldest operating car in Atlantic Canada, will be featured among 200 vehicles from around the Maritimes Sept. 9th and 10th. "It's one of the first cars made after the horse-drawn carriage," Mr. Saulnier said. "It's the only one I know of in Canada."

The mostly wooden vehicle runs on six six-volt batteries, which will last for about 14 hours after a complete charging. But it will never set any speed records. "It will go about 20 miles (about 30 kilometres) per hour," said Mr. Saulnier, who bought the two-seater treasure six months ago from a Yarmouth man.

"It would probably take me about a month to drive" to Show and Shine, which will be held on the ball field at historic Sherbrooke Village from 11am to 5pm Saturday September 9th and from 10am to 4pm Sunday September 10th.

Drivers and owners will be available both days to talk about their vehicles.

The cars will parade through the streets of Sherbrooke at 5:00pm Saturday as they begin a drive to Sonora. They'll return to Sherbrooke later in the evening.

Mr. Saulnier's car, with a rudimentary 18-horsepower motor, has been a hit at a dozen car shows this year. This winter, he hopes to fully restore the vehicle, which was salvaged from an old barn in Ontario several years ago.

[Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 30 August 2000]




To see a partial chronology of the Columbia car
within a selected listing of early automobile events,
click HERE.


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For an index of all the pages of materials
about the
Columbia cars on this website,
click HERE.