Police Badge B.F. GOODRICH TIRE Factory AKRON OHIO

>sold>>>>sold 1950'S POLICE BADGE - B.F. GOODRICH TIRE COMPANY - ISSUE NUMBER 27 - EAGLE TOP - OHIO STATE SEAL AS THE CENTER FEATURE - THREE INCHES ALL WITH WORKING PIN . THE PIN BACK IS STAMPED UNITED STATES PATENT NUMBER (1950'S) - VERY NICE DETAIL - THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FURNISHED BY OHIOHISTORYCENTRAL.ORG :
Benjamin Franklin Goodrich helped make Akron, Ohio, the "Rubber Capital of the World" during the late 1800s. He became involved in the rubber industry in 1869, becoming the largest stockholder in the Hudson River Rubber Company in New York. Goodrich faced stiff competition from numerous other rubber producers and decided to move his business to Akron, Ohio. Local residents had collected 13,600 dollars to encourage Goodrich to move his plant from New York to Akron. At this time, no other rubber manufacturers existed west of the Appalachian Mountains. Goodrich hoped to dominate the rubber industry in the Midwest and in the Far West. He opened his Akron plant, the Akron Rubber Works, in March 1871. Goodrich first employed twenty workers. The plant made numerous items but focused on fire hoses that would not burst under pressure.

The company, which became known as the B.F. Goodrich Company, grew slowly during the 1870s, nearly going bankrupt twice, but the business gained momentum during the 1880s and 1890s. In 1888, an Irish veterinarian invented the pneumatic tire out of rubber. A pneumatic tire is one that is filled with air. It became very popular among bicyclists, providing the rider with a much smoother ride. With the invention of the automobile, demands for tires skyrocketed. The first tires were solid rubber, but the B.F. Goodrich Company, which had created a research laboratory to discover new uses for rubber in 1895, quickly developed a pneumatic tire suitable for cars. By 1892, four years after B.F. Goodrich's death, the company employed four hundred workers and sales exceeded $1.4 million.

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