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Re: [Crosley] How Powel Crosley Jr. Got His Start -4

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  • 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 1 of 4 , Apr 22 11:50 AM
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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 2 of 4 , Apr 23 6:33 PM
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        by Michael A. Banks

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        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 3 of 4 , Apr 24 9:12 PM
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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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