Peoria Heights, Illinois. USA.
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The Bartholomew Company was founded by John B. Bartholomew in Peoria Heights, Illinois in 1902 and produced automobiles until 1920. They were located at 110 Bradley Avenue.

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The Bartholomew Company type.

In 1920, as competition from Buick and Studebaker increased, Bartholomew decided to bring the plant into the Avery Company fold and it was utilized to manufacture trucks. Avery Company employed four thousand people by this point, but went into bankruptcy and receivership in 1923. President J. B. Bartholomew died in 1924.

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The Bartholomew Glide radiator emblem (source: Radiator Emblems)

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The Bartholomew Glide radiator emblem (source: Radiator Emblems)

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1905 Bartholomew Glide Model E.

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1914 Bartholomew Glide Model 30 ad.

GLIDE is an appropriate name for a motor car and is highly suggestive of smooth going. The name is particularly appropriate in the new Glide model F light touring car, because all the mechanism of this car is carried on one set of springs, and the body and passengers on an independent set of springs. It is obvious that this system makes a car an easy riding one, and, moreover, trebles the life of the mechanism.

The car itself is designed to meet the views of a large number of buyers who are partial to the double-opposed type of motor, and who desire a light touring car at a moderate price, the car being sold at $1,250. The cylinders are 5x5 and develop 18 motorpower. Ignition is by jump spark with dry-cell batteries; a planetary form of transmission is used, the drive being direct on the high speed. The wheel base is 80 inches, the tread being standard. The car is fitted with tubular steel wheels of the artillery type, 30 inches in diameter, the car complete weighing about 1,600 pounds.

The model E Glide, costing $3,000, is a high-powered touring car, the tonneau of which is detachable, so that the car can easily be converted into a Glideabout for two passengers. The power plant consists of a four-cylinder vertical motor in the front, having individual cylinders 4/4 x 5. the pistons being fitted with oil recesses and four rings, each ring having square-cut joints. The connecting rods are drop forged, adjustable at both ends, and bushed with bronze and babbitt bearings.

A drop-forged crank shaft is used, ground to an accurate size and having four bearings. The crank case is made of special aluminum alloy and is divided horizontally into halves, the upper half containing all the bearings and the lower half serving only as an oil-pan. The supporting arms are cast on the upper half of the crank case, so that the lower half can be taken off for adjustment of the bearings without disturbing any of the connections on the motor. Valves are drop forged and interchangeable. The inlet and exhaust pipes can be readily removed by loosening four nuts. What is called the push-nipple construction is used on these pipes, which does away entirely with the use of gaskets in the joints be tween the pipes and cylinders.

The ignition is by jump spark, storage and dry-cell batteries, the commutator being of a special design with hardened steel contacts and the terminals protected by a glass cover. The commutator is fitted to the end of a vertical shaft, which is driven from the cam shaft by a pair of spiral gears, the whole construction being housed and run in oil.

The motor, at 800 revolutions per minute, develops 24 motorpower, and 30 motorpower at 1,000 revolutions per minute, the maximum being reached at 1,500 revolutions per minute.

Cooling is by means of a cellular radiator with fan and a gear pump made entirely of bronze, excepting the bearing shafts, which are of steel.

Th pump is directly attached by a self-centering square jaw coupling it to the end of the cam shaft, and is readily removable by taking out four bolts.

The drive is by bevel gear and propeller shaft to the rear axle. The frame, the fenders and the footboard are all of pressed steel, the motor hood being of aluminum, hinged and removable. Lubrication is by means of a positive-feed lubricator, and the gasoline capacity is eighteen gallons.

The bodies of this model are finished in automobile gray or royal blue with gray or cream running gears, the upholstering being red, black, green, tan or gray leather, and cape, canopy or victoria tops are furnished, the car having a seating capacity for five persons.

Specifications model E, Glide:
body, double side entrance tonneau, with individual front seats
Price - $3,000
weight - 1,000 pounds
seating capacity - five persons
wheel base - 103 inches
wheel tread - standard
wheels - 32 inches, wood, artillery type
tires - 32x4 inches
frame - pressed steel
motor - vertical four-cylinder
HP - 30
cooling - water
ignition - jump spark
drive - bevel gear
transmission - planetary in oil
speeds - two forward, one reverse
lubrication - positive-feed lubricator
hood - aluminum, hinged and removable
brakes - emergency on rear wheel hubs, halting on transmission gear

(text from a 1905 issue of Motor Magazine)


1908 Glide Model G Touring Car.

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