Tribune Bicycle Serial Numbers

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 11, 2017

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    I am compiling a list of Tribune Bicycle Serial Numbers specifically for years 1894-1902 but will also include any years after this period.

    Black Manufacturing Company of Erie PA trademarked the name "Tribune" on June 6, 1893. The first year of production was 1894. William T. Black partnered with Leonard B. Gaylor, creator of the 1889-91 Eagle high wheel safety, to create the Tribune Bicycle. Black Manufacturing Company owned Tribune until fall of 1899 when it became part of the American Bicycle Company. ABC continued manufacturing Tribunes at the Erie plant until August 1902 when the factory was closed and operations were moved to Westfield MA.

    My research to date has determined the following estimated range of serial numbers per year:

    1894: SN 0001-2500
    1895: SN 2500-5250
    1896: SN 5250-16000
    1897: SN 16000-25500
    1898: SN 25500-35000
    1899: SN 35000-50000
    1900: SN 50000-68000
    1901: SN 68000-78000
    1902: SN 78000-91000

    If anyone owns a Tribune and would like to share some photos, frame size, serial number, etc. I will add to my list and continue to narrow down on the beginning and ending serial numbers per year. I can also help with determining originality of a Tribune and provide specifications for each model. I have all catalogs from 1894-1902. I would also be interested in a copy or scan of the 1903 catalog. Always interested in purchasing Tribune bicycles, parts or related items.

    Serial numbers are located on underside of frame. 1894-1899 are at very bottom of sloping front down tube and 1900-1902 are on bottom of crank:

    1894-1899 Serial Number:
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    1900-1902 Serial Number:
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    1894.01.12 - The Referee and Cycle Trade - Tribune Ad - Page 37.JPG

    Thank you - Jeff Kidder
    jkidder@kidderwachter.com
     
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    From The Wheel Sept 1896..... About the addition to the plant of the Black Manufacturing Co.

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    From The Wheel Jan 1897...... Abouth the addition of the color of paint for their 97 tandems - an enamel of robins egg blue.

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    1899 building addition to the Mfg Plant...

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    Stolen Tribunes 1896 from the Referee

    Tribune 9768 May 1896

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    Virgilant 9113 June 1896

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    Tribune 3623 & 15033 July 1896

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    Tribune 4966 Aug 1896

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    1899 - Tribune adjustable bars

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