Quincy, Illinois: Electric Wheel Company, 1908. Envelope or Cover. The illustrated advertising cover features a farm scene with two Electric Wheel wagons loaded with hay as well as an illustration of an Electric Wheel. The text reads, “Electric Wheel Co. Manufacturers Solid Metal Wheels and Farmers’ Handy Wagons.” The envelope is franked with a 2-cent red Washington stamp (Scott #309) which is tied with a Quincy, Illinois flag postmark. The catalog contains 23 pages describing and illustrating a variety of farm wagons, lumber wagons, and electric wheels. Both the advertising envelope and the brochure are in nice shape. Very good. Item #009305
In 1890 when the company was formed, electric welding was cutting edge technology, and the firm used it to create especially strong wheels. The company invented and produced a wide variety of related products including steel wheels, tractors, lumber wagons, farmers’ handy wagons, and much more. In 1957, it was acquired by Firestone. Today the company, now known as Titan International, is the only firm to produce specialty wheels and tires for agriculture, forestry, mining, and construction.