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New York Auto Equip. Co., George W. Copp Co., Copp Body Co., Copp Corp.
New York Auto Equipment Co., 1915-1918; New York, New York; George W. Copp Co. Inc., 1918-1922; New York, New York; Copp Body Co., 1921-1922; Long island City, New York; Copp Corp., 1922-1930; Long Island City, New York.
Associated Firms

George W. Copp was born in 1882 in Massachusetts to parents of Scotch descent. The names of his parents and his early history is unknown prior to the 1910 US Census which puts him in Manhattan’s 22nd Ward, his occupation; salesman of ‘fine automobiles’.

At about this time Copp married Anna B. ????, and the union was blessed with at least three children, George W. Copp jr., L. J. Copp, and Kathleen Joan Copp.

During the teens he became involved with the New York Auto Equipment Co. Inc., a retailer of car parts and accessories, and eventually purchased the firm, which was located at 351-55 W. 52nd St., New York.

The firm was listed in Chilton’s 1917 Automotive Directory under Automobile Tops, Tire Cases, Radiator & Hood Covers, Curtains, Slip Covers, Back Rests as follows:

“New York Auto Equipment Co. 351-55 W 52d St., New York, NY - Geo. W. Copp, Pres. & Gen’l Mgr.”

The March 1918 issue of Automobile Dealer and Repairer announced that New York Auto Equipment Co. would be now known as George W. Copp. Co. Inc.:

“Auto Tops

“A matter of some interest along Automobile Row is the change in name of the well known New York Auto Equipment Co. Inc. who will hereafter be known as George W. Copp. Co. Inc. Mr. George W. Copp, the president of this concern, has been identified with the automobile trade for a number of years in New York and his company has achieved an enviable reputation among the manufacturers of automobile top and body equipment. Mr. Copp's many friends have congratulated him upon this change which emphasizes his personal responsibility in the product of the company. The slogan ‘For your top go to Copp’ is given increased significance and the handsome Victoria top which is illustrated herewith seems to prove that the admonition is a good one.”

The April 1918 issue of Automobile Dealer and Repairer mentioned the firm made a ‘specialty of custom body work’:

“Tops and Body Equipment

“George W. Copp Co. Inc. of 351-355 West 52d street, New York City, and formerly known as the New York Auto Equipment Co. Inc. announce that they are prepared to supply automobile tops of all standard styles as well as upholstery tire covers and seat fabrics. This firm also make a specialty of custom body work as well as painting and are well known throughout the country for their excellent work.”

The Auto Trade Notes column of the July 27, 1919 New York Times announced the firm had established an auto top showroom at 236 W. 54th St. and was now dealing in aftermarket taxicab and limousine bodies for the Ford Model T:

“George W. Copp Company, Inc. have opened a room at 236 West Fifty-fourth Street; near Broadway, for the display of the Anchor glass inclosed demountable tops. Taxicab or limousine bodies for the Ford chassis and complete automobile top and body equipment. S.E. Barringer is sales manager.”

According to the Auto Trade Notes column of the August 17, 1919 New York Times, Copp was now carrying both Ustus and Anchor auto tops:

“The George W. Copp Company, Inc., has long been the distributor of the Anchor demountable glass inclosed tops for many popular cars, and has just been appointed distributor of the new Ustus Limousette for Ford cars. The bodies are being shown at the Copp salesrooms, 233 West Fifty-fourth Street.”

According to a number of circa 1919 advertisements the also distributed the Pennypacker one-man top converter for Fords.

Copp’s listing in the 1921 Vehicle Yearbook follows:

“George W. Copp Co., Inc., r. 14th St. and Van Alst Ave.(Queens) Geo. W. Copp, pres. and treas.; Mrs. A. B. Copp, sec.; L. J. Copp, gen'l. mgr.”

Their listing in the 1921 edition of Trow’s Copartnership and Corporation Directory list another address, 557 W. 54th Street:

“George W. Copp Co., Inc. (N.Y.) Geo. W. Copp, Pres.; E.B. Smith, V.Pres; Anna B. Copp, Sec. Capital, $5,000. Directors: Geo. W. & Anna B. Copp,. E.B. Smith. Automobile Equipment, 557 W. 54th.”

The February 3, 1921 issue of The Automobile announced the firm was entering the body and aut top manufacturing business:

“George W. Copp Co., Inc., has located a manufacturing plant at Long Island City for the building of winter tops and automobile bodies.”

One year later, Copp’s numerous enterprises were consolidated at the Long Island City plant, the May 11, 1922 issue of The Automobile / Automotive Industries reporting:


“NEW YORK, May 8—The merger is announced of the George W. Copp Co., Inc., the Copp Body Co. and the New York Auto Equipment Co., Inc., as the Copp Corp. with a plant in Long Island City. The consolidation provides advantages in the manufacture and distribution of the slide sedan top, taxicab bodies, closed bodies and tops made by the corporation. The company now is in a position to deliver, for example, an order up to 50 taxicab bodies mounted and painted, within one week. A fully equipped reconditioning and repair department also has been established.”

Text from a display ad in the February 2, 1927 New York Sun:

“Van Auken Moveable Seat Attachment for 2-Door Coaches Broughams and Sedans - $12.50 – Attached to the floor of your car while you wait. Allows ample room to, or from, the rear seat without disturbing those in front. Eliminates the only possible objection to the increasingly popular coach.

“Copps’ Dance Music Mondays, 9:15 P.M. WWRL (258 Meters).

“COPP CORP., 4314 37TH STREET, Phone Stilwell 6988 LONG ISLAND CITY.

“Metropolitan Distributors for Glassmobile – the all-year-Glass window equipment for Touring Cars and Roadsters. Authorized DuPont Auto Re-Finishing Station.”

Help wanted ads in the March 6, 1928 Brooklyn Daily Eagle reveals the type of work being conducted at that time:

“AUTOMOBILE BODY metal workers, experienced on fenders, repairs, etc. Copp  Corp., 37th st and Queens blvd., L. I. City. t 6-3

“AUTOMOBILE BODY upholsterers, experienced on new work and repairs. Copp Corp., 37th st and Queens blvd., L. L City. t 6-3

“AUTOMOBILE BODY wood workers, experienced on repairs. Copp Corp., 37th st and Queens blvd; Long Island City, t 6-3

“AUTOMOBILE BODY painters, chassis painter and sprayers, etc. Copp Corp., 37th st and Queens blvd. Long Island City. t 6-3”

The October 2, 1930 New York Times reports that Copp had recently filed for bankruptcy:

“Petitions Filed-By GEORGE W. COPP. salesman, 48-14 Queens Boulevard, Long Island City, L. L-Liabilities $14,040. and no assets.”

The 1-story garage at the firm’s last –known address, 43-14 37th Street, Long Island City, is still standing and is the home of Lowy Frame & Restoring Co.

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