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#400687 - Mon Mar 11 2013 07:40 PM TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS"
57tbirdkid Offline
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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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#400695 - Mon Mar 11 2013 07:45 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
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#400735 - Mon Mar 11 2013 10:07 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
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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!


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#400805 - Tue Mar 12 2013 09:30 AM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: hri_2008]
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Registered: Fri May 06 2005
Loc: Indianapolis IN USA
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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#400909 - Tue Mar 12 2013 04:20 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: bustermonty]
Rust and Dust Offline
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Loc: Georgia
That flange and tire sales sign thing are beautifull. Great graphics and colors.


Edited by Rust and Dust (Tue Mar 12 2013 04:21 PM)
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#401164 - Wed Mar 13 2013 11:17 AM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: Rust and Dust]
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Nice spinner Greg!!!!

.....that flange posted is not real
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#401247 - Wed Mar 13 2013 05:26 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
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#401315 - Wed Mar 13 2013 08:33 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: pumpingethyl]
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Edited by pumpingethyl (Wed Mar 13 2013 08:36 PM)
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#401341 - Wed Mar 13 2013 10:25 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: pumpingethyl]
JimT Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
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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#401417 - Thu Mar 14 2013 09:37 AM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: JimT]
It's for sale Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 08 2012
Loc: Wellington, Ohio
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.

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#401486 - Thu Mar 14 2013 02:26 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
Neil Gerrard Offline
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Registered: Tue Dec 09 2003
Loc: Canby, Oregon
I have some signs and displays packed away but managed to find this small trifold.


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#401516 - Thu Mar 14 2013 04:53 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "WEED TIRE CHAINS" [Re: Neil Gerrard]
57tbirdkid Offline
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Registered: Tue May 04 2010
Loc: NY
Fantastic display!!
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