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Red script text on top of an illustration of a blue bicycle tire on a white background.

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(union bug) Buttons made by The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J., Patented. July 17, 1894, April 14th, 1886, July 21, 1896.

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Relay Mfg. Company was a bicycle manufacturer out of Reading, Pennsylvania, in the 1890s. The Relay Racer was sold in 1892 for $125 and weighed only 32 lbs. J. Geo Ziegler, an inventor, headed both the Relay Mfg. Company and the Tinkham Cycle Company. Together, the two companies produced one of the first passenger tricycles or pedaled rickshaws. The Relay Mfg. Company discontinued making bicycles in 1899 and was renamed the Relay Motor Company.


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