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TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" #400687
Mon Mar 11 2013 05:40 PM
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Some Info on the inventor:

In 1904, Harold D. Weed of Canastota, New York, is issued U.S. Patent No. 768,495 for his "Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires," a non-skid tire chain to be used on automobiles in order to increase traction on roads slick with mud, snow or ice.

At the time, Weed worked for the Marvin and Casler Company, a Canastota machine shop that made a range of products including automobile engines, name plate machines, automatic palm readers and motion picture equipment. He reportedly drew inspiration for his tire chain from the habit of some local motorists who wrapped rope around their tires to increase traction on muddy country roads. In his patent, Weed said that his invention aimed to "provide a flexible and collapsible grip or tread composed entirely of chains linked together and applied to the sides and periphery of the tire and held in place solely by the inflation of the tire, and which is reversible." The tire chain was assembled around a tire when it was partially deflated; after hooks on either end of the chain were fastened, the tire was then reinflated. Weed's tire chains were soon found to work just as well on snow and ice as on mud.

In 1908, in a promotional effort, representatives of the Weed Chain Tire Grip Company challenged the master magician Harry Houdini to escape from a prison created by their product. According to "The Secret Life of Houdini," by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, Houdini was enmeshed in a series of looped, locked tire chains, then chained into two steel-rimmed automobile tires. At one point during the escape, the chains had to be moved lower, as Houdini was turning blue from one of them binding his throat; he was then able to release himself. Houdini performed this famous stunt during a weeklong engagement at Hammerstein's Theatre in New York.

Harry Weed eventually sold his tire chain patents to the American Chain and Cable Company, the successor to the Weed Chain Tire Grip Co. After serving as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I, he held patents for devices related to the tire chain and was honored by the Army Ordnance Committee for his work in designing bomb-release mechanisms and machine gun synchronizing devices for use in aircraft. He died in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1961, at the age of 89.


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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #400695
Mon Mar 11 2013 05:45 PM
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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #400735
Mon Mar 11 2013 08:07 PM
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Here's a bag that once held some Weed regular tire chains produced by the American chain division. Great history lesson on the company. Thanks for sharing!

weed 1.jpgweed2.jpg
Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: hri_2008] #400805
Tue Mar 12 2013 07:30 AM
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Weed chain rack plus NOS sign still with original paper and shipping blocks on side. Wheel has never been turned. Bought of ebay 10 blocks from my office. Came in the box.

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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: bustermonty] #400909
Tue Mar 12 2013 02:20 PM
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That flange and tire sales sign thing are beautifull. Great graphics and colors.

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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: Rust and Dust] #401164
Wed Mar 13 2013 09:17 AM
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Nice spinner Greg!!!!

.....that flange posted is not real


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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #401247
Wed Mar 13 2013 03:26 PM
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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: pumpingethyl] #401315
Wed Mar 13 2013 06:33 PM
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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: pumpingethyl] #401341
Wed Mar 13 2013 08:25 PM
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Wow -motorcycle chains. I'll bet that would rattle a bunch of parts loose. Teeth too. Probably for soft, muddy roads-there were lots of them back then. Great stuff guys, Thanks.

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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: JimT] #401417
Thu Mar 14 2013 07:37 AM
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Never knew of Motorcycle chains. Nice to learn something.
I'm guessing they didn't sell a lot of them
Nice sign , thanks for sharing.

Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #401486
Thu Mar 14 2013 12:26 PM
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I have some signs and displays packed away but managed to find this small trifold.


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Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: Neil Gerrard] #401516
Thu Mar 14 2013 02:53 PM
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Fantastic display!!


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