few other Awards, Records, and Trips of
various Columbia cars
over the years . . .
The item above about the
Newport (RI) Automobile Parade in 1899
was significant enough for the Humble Oil and Refining Company
to include it in a 1960s wall calendar, as one of their
"Great Moments in Early American Motoring."
Notice that in the photograph above, Mrs. Oelrichs is driving,
whereas in the drawing below, (her husband?) has assumed that task.
One small side-step for man; one giant leap backward for womankind...
which would start to be rectified in the 1970s!
All the more reason for my note (above this item) about the many
early women motorists in general, and their regular inclusion in
materials put out by the various Columbia Automobile Companies!
As noted on an earlier page, here
are more photos of
plus some items about his
transition from cycling to auto racing.
To read detailed
accounts of other races in which
Eddie Bald took part, and to
see a couple of
photos of him on his bicycle, click HERE.
|This brief item appeared in Horseless Age magazine dated
December 29, 1909...
Eddie Bald Rejoins Columbia
Eddie "Cannon" Bald is back to his first love, behind the wheel of a
Columbia motor car again. The Columbia was Eddie's first motor
just as the Columbia bicycle was Eddie's mount in the days when he was
the international cycling champion. When Bald first became
with motoring he sat in racers built for him in the Columbia factory at
Hartford, Conn., following an apprenticeship in the Columbia
Bald's track generalship won him many events, and he also drove in one
of the record breaking Columbia dashes from Chicago to New York. [Note: This was the re-taking of the
record in October, 1904. Photos of Bald with Lawrence Duffie
appear on an earlier webpage of this presnetation.] Bald
is now associated with the agency for Columbia cars in Pittsburg, which
city is now his home.
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To see more photos of Charles Barrett at this event,
To see more ads for other automotive products which
used the "Columbia" name to bolster their own image,
The following opinion by Hiram Percy Maxim is dated May, 1907, but
makes reference to the tour of 1906, as shown in the items just above.
A few other tidbits
from the year 1906
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 9, 1906
delays with horses and buggies and a wild black stallion, Nelson
lamented that "once in a while, men are encountered who hate the
automobile with a devil's hate, and who are meaner than is believable."
He averaged 28 miles per hour, with two breaks for "good square meals."
The Southern Pacific Railroad was then making the San Francisco-Los
Angeles run in 16 hours.
"All automobile records between San Francisco and Los Angeles were
smashed yesterday by Fernando Nelson, a northern contractor, who
covered the 504 miles in a 1906 40-horsepower Columbia in 18 hours, 13
minutes," The Times reported. "This is three hours better than any
previous record." Nelson arrived in Los Angeles, "down the Broadway
hill from the tunnel, with horn tooting loudly and his joyous
passengers cheering to the limit of their lung strengths."
To read a detailed account
which was published in Sunset
Detailed accounts of the Sealed
Bonnet Contest are
on a later webpage, along with lengthy illustrated articles
about the Columbia Hybrid Gasoline-Electric car of 1907.
To see more photos and accounts of the Munsey Tours
of both 1909 and 1910, click HERE.
years later, a Columbia wins again!
century later, the Columbia is still winning awards!
To see a comprehensive
the Columbia cars,
with ads, catalogues, photos, articles and other materials
from the first models through the final production,