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How Powel Crosley Jr. Got His Start -4

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  • mrcooby
    by Michael A. Banks ========================== It seemed that Ira J. Cooper s tire retread plant had accumulated thousands of useless tires, and Cooper hated
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 22, 2006
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      by Michael A. Banks
      ==========================

      It seemed that Ira J.
      Cooper's tire retread
      plant had accumulated
      thousands of useless
      tires, and Cooper hated
      to see the potential
      resource go to waste.
      Perhaps, he told Crosley,
      the tire carcasses could
      be recycled and used to
      make tire reliners.

      Reliners were a popular
      means of extending the
      life of car tires, which,
      in those days, were made
      of fabric coated with
      rubber. Most reliners
      were nothing more than
      large pieces of rubber
      that one could slip under
      a hole in a tire's casing
      to protect the inner tube.

      Handed the challenge,
      Crosley was determined to
      come up with a better
      product than anything on
      the market.

      ==========================
      Next: "Insyde Tyres".
    • berard_m@bellsouth.net
      We called them a Blow out patch in Maine. Looked like a great big tube patch shaped to cover the hole on the inside of the tire. Lord knows, folks resorted
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 22, 2006
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        We called them a "Blow out patch" in Maine. Looked like a great big tube patch shaped to cover the hole on the inside of the tire. Lord knows, folks resorted to most anything to keep em rolling during and after the war. I've cut a bicycle tire up make a liner for my balloon tires in the 50's.....peter
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: mrcooby
        Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 12:29 PM
        Subject: [Crosley] How Powel Crosley Jr. Got His Start -4

        by Michael A. Banks
        ==========================

        It seemed that Ira J.
        Cooper's tire retread
        plant had accumulated
        thousands of useless
        tires, and Cooper hated
        to see the potential
        resource go to waste.
        Perhaps, he told Crosley,
        the tire carcasses could
        be recycled and used to
        make tire reliners.

        Reliners were a popular
        means of extending the
        life of car tires, which,
        in those days, were made
        of fabric coated with
        rubber. Most reliners
        were nothing more than
        large pieces of rubber
        that one could slip under
        a hole in a tire's casing
        to protect the inner tube.

        Handed the challenge,
        Crosley was determined to
        come up with a better
        product than anything on
        the market.

        ==========================
        Next: "Insyde Tyres".




      • mrcooby
        by Michael A. Banks ========================== The biggest problem with tire reliners was the fact that each time one was installed, the car s wheel had to be
        Message 3 of 4 , Apr 23, 2006
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          by Michael A. Banks

          ==========================

          The biggest problem with
          tire reliners was the
          fact that each time one
          was installed, the car's
          wheel had to be demounted
          and the tire removed.
          To eliminate that
          aggravation, Crosley
          decided to make a rew
          liner for the whole tire.

          His reliner was made of
          layers of cloth stripped
          from old tires
          alternating with rubber,
          all formed into the shape
          of a tire.
          (The rew liners actually
          looked like tires without
          tread.)
          The reliner was treated
          so as to vulcanize itself
          to the inside of the
          tire - hence, Crosley's
          trade name: Inside Tyre.
          ==========================
          Next: The beginning of
          the American Automobile
          Accessories Company.
        • mrcooby
          by Michael A. Banks ========================== Ira J. Cooper offered Powel Crosley a deal - he would supply the raw material and manufacturing for Insyde
          Message 4 of 4 , Apr 24, 2006
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            by Michael A. Banks

            ==========================

            Ira J. Cooper offered
            Powel Crosley a deal - he
            would supply the raw
            material and
            manufacturing for Insyde
            Tyres, if Crosley would
            put up $500 and handle
            sales.

            "I will give you a five-
            hundred dollar credit on
            materials," Cooper told
            him. "After you use that
            up, you start paying for
            the material you get."

            Crosley borrowed the
            money from his father
            and, with Cooper, formed
            the American Automobile
            Accessories Company,
            which also went by the
            trade name "Americo".
            He set up an office at
            621 Main Street in
            Cincinnati, where a
            secretary opened mail and
            handled telephone calls.
            ==========================
            Next: Powel promotes his
            new company.
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