Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett and Co 1910 catalog PDF

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Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett and Co 1910 catalog PDF

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This leading hardware dealership was the descendant of a Chicago store called Tuttle, Hibbard & Co., which took that name in 1855 when William G. Hibbard became a partner.
In 1865, Hibbard was joined by Franklin F. Spencer, and the enterprise was renamed Hibbard & Spencer.
By 1867, the company's annual sales of hardware had reached $1 million.
When longtime company employee A. C. Bartlett became a partner in 1882, the company's name became Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett & Co.
When Spencer died in 1890, the company was already among the leading wholesalers of hardware in the United States.
In 1903, the year Hibbard died, the company opened a 10-story warehouse next to State Street Bridge in downtown Chicago.
In 1932, the company introduced a new line of hand tools under the brand name “True Value.”
By 1948, Hibbard's annual sales reached nearly $30 million.
Business slowed and profits were shrunk, however, as new hardware cooperatives began to bypass traditional wholesalers.
In 1962, the company's owners, who wanted to move into the real-estate business, sold the hardware operations and the “True Value” brand to John Cotter for $2.5 million

The link below leads to a 549,3 MB large PDF file of the 1910 catalog of this firm, full of various tools and equipment, and of course knives:

http://digitalcollections.powerlibrary. ... c/id/12132
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