1898? Snell Special
Snell Cycle Fittings Co of Toledo Samuel Snell has finally located himself in America a note informing us that he has decided to permanently locate in Toledo Ohio A strong stock company is to be formed for the purpose of manufacturing bicycle accessories and fittings of hich Mr Snell will be one of the heads Active will commence at once In the meantime Mr will return to England to import a sufficient of lamps and sundries to supply the trade in country until the Toledo worksare in running order which will be early in the Spring Mr Snell will continue his agency for Thomas Warwick & Sons Ltd also for Hudson & Co s tubing and Brooks saddle
From The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review, Volume 10, 1892 (Google eBook)
"1902 - Kirk Manufacturing Co. of Toledo announces its plans to build cars in 1899. It did not actually begin production until 1902, when it teamed up with another large bicycle manufacturer, the Snell Manufacturing Co., and built the ‘Yale’ car until 1905". FromToledo's Early Auto Industry: 1899-1905,Written by Timothy Messer-Kruse
"In October 1903 an announcement appeared to the effect that the Kirk Manufacturing Company and the Snell Cycle Fittings Company were to merge to for The Consolidated Manufacturing Company, and that this company, based in Toledo, Ohio, had acquired the rights to the California motorcycle". From earlymotorcycle.com.
This ad is from MCClures's Magazine, Volume 30, 1907, courtesy of Google Books
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