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Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure

By | 2017-10-22T17:21:59+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure The Creek Chub Wiggle Fish Lure was first introduced in 1925. The lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana would be a staple in their antique lure line up for more than a quarter of a century. This wooden, glass eyed lure was a model 2400 [...]

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

By | 2017-10-16T08:46:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. [...]

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

By | 2017-10-16T08:37:03+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure, Model 6800 came on the scene a lot later compared to the rest of the Pikie lure family, making its introduction in 1950. The antique lure made it almost 3 decades in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog, and disappeared with many [...]

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-16T08:46:59+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure is certainly one of the companies mainstays. The Jointed Pikie has a history that spans roughly 5 decades, or 50 years of fishing lure production. From various lure colors, the evolution of eye differences, lure composition, size of diving lips the Jointed Pikie [...]

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

By | 2017-10-16T07:50:54+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1938. While its inventory continued to be sold and was in the Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs until 1978, it was produced after 1965. This large jointed or segmented lure is brother to the traditional and straight [...]

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-16T07:34:15+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1939. The Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model Number 5800. The antique fishing lure was a larger version of the already successful Plunker lure, and measures in at 4 1/4 inches in length. Made [...]

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

By | 2017-10-17T06:44:59+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3" inches in length. The lure was given a model series number 8400 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. This lure features 2 treble hooks instead [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday The Laguna

By | 2017-10-17T06:43:56+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Tight Lines Tuesday The Laguna by John Etchieson Most people recognize the Lone Cypress. It is that famous tree that clings to its sea worn granite pedestal and stands proudly against the ocean winds that sweep along the famous 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach California. It may well be the most photographed tree in the [...]

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-16T07:24:03+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure This Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure is a series 3500. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure made in Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1929. The antique lure measures 5" inches in length. The Silver Flash Example below in the gallery is believed to have [...]

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-09T09:06:26+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure The Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure is a kind of a misunderstood lure, starting with its own name, as its not a Sucker but and Old Chub Lure. This antique fishing lure dates into the 1930's with its target market being large game fish such as the larger Bass, the [...]

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

By | 2017-10-09T08:57:59+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure The Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure was introduced in the 1950's. The Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company made its home in Chicago like many other great lure companies. The companies lure portfolio was a pretty small one though making this large version and smaller baby version of the Terror. This plastic slab [...]

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

By | 2017-10-09T08:34:14+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4" inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward [...]

Barracuda Blooper Lure

By | 2017-10-09T16:33:55+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Barracuda Blooper Lure The Barracuda Blooper Lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1940’s. The wooden lure was a series number 88 in the Barracuda brand line up. The lure can be found in an array of color scheme finishes besides the rainbow color pattern [...]

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure

By | 2017-10-12T08:55:07+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Springfield Novelty Reel Lure The Springfield Novelty Reel Lure was first introduced around 1932. If the antique lure looks familiar, it should. Its strangely similar to the other barber pole lure the Charmer lure. Both companies just happened to be from Springfield Missouri 2  decades apart. Well, to muddy the water a bit, Adolph Kunz partner [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

By | 2017-10-10T11:18:23+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special by John Etchieson Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special, "Attention Kmart shoppers!" long before you had ever heard of our "blue light specials" we had specials ... We were called Kresge in those days, after the name of our founder S. S. Kresge who started our Kmart company in 1899. And, [...]

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-09T08:01:22+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure The Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure was first introduced to the Florida lure market around 1950. As Jim continued to expand, create and sell his successful creations. Having been in business by this point for over two decades he creates a lure very similar to that of the Orlando Shiner [...]

South Bend Combination Minnow

By | 2017-10-09T15:57:54+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Combination Minnow The South Bend Combination Minnow was an early lure and was first produced in 1912 and was given a model series number 931 / 932. Only three years after the legal formation of the company, the South Bend Bait Co released this a model series 1932. This fishing lure would last [...]

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-09T07:36:02+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure The Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure comes from a company whose lure history dates back into the early 1920's. The Dunks Chipmunk lure lands on the opposite side of the time line dating to the late 1930's early 1940's. We've seen many lure makers over time try to mimic that what nature [...]

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-04T17:39:53+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure The Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure was the Paw Paw Bait Company's answer to the industry craving for injured minnows. Imitation being the nearest and dearest sense of flattery, or just pure marketing trying to get a piece of what was a booming business for both Heddon and [...]

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-04T17:31:11+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure was born in Garrett, Indiana. The Creek Chub Bait Company was looking to capitalize on its widely successful Plunker Lure line up. The midget plunker, made of wooden measuring 2 1/4" would be the second to smallest in the line and the smallest wooden [...]

Shur Strike Crab Lure

By | 2017-10-04T17:49:12+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Crab Lure This Shur Strike Crab Lure was first introduced around 1938. This Shur Strike minnow was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana and given a series model, CR. This wooden, antique minnow measures 2 3/4" in length, and can be found in both Glass & Tack eyes. The [...]

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-04T17:20:38+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana fishing lure was assigned a model number 3200. The wooden antique lure was made for over a half a century in the Creek Chub lure line up. The fishing lure measure 3" in length and [...]

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-06T07:52:38+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure The Creek Chub Baby Injured Minnow Lure is an iconic Creek Chub Lure. The Baby Injured Minnow lures is the smaller of it brethren in the Injured Minnow series. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure is a model series number 1600. The lure was first introduced [...]

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200

By | 2017-10-04T20:53:02+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200 The Rinehart Jinx Lure Model 200 series lure is the Bass Size offering. Fred Rinehart of Newark Ohio, began producing this middle size version around 1940, three years after he (technically) started his business. The Bass size Jinx would be produced for over two decades, or 22 years to be [...]

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

By | 2017-10-04T16:52:30+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure The Creek Chub Pop N Dunk lure was a model series number 6300. This antique fishing lure was first produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This antique fishing lure is wooden in composition, has glass eyes and measures 2 [...]

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

By | 2017-10-04T16:42:28+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat The Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat lure was first introduced in 1938 and given a model series number 5400. Another lure in the series of popular hair baits designed and made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This antique fishing lure has a distinctive face and feature. [...]

Creek Chub Surfster Lure

By | 2017-10-04T07:15:51+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Surfster Lure The Creek Chub Surfster Lure was first introduced in 1953. The lure was given a model series 7200 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This wooden, glass eyed lure looks at first glance very similar to the Pikie with the exception of its hump back styling. This version [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

By | 2017-09-26T07:12:27+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare by John Etchieson Here is a rare 80 year old ACE STORES "QUALITY" brand Japan silk casting line from 1937 that was manufactured by the Shakespeare Tackle Company. In 1924, to increase buying power and profits, entrepreneurs Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher united [...]

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-20T11:18:27+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure The South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1912 by the South Bend Bait Company. Assigning it a model 920-through 922, all are relatively the same with small or unique differences. The Surface Minnow lure is made of wood, has traditional glass eyes, measures 3 1/2" [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

By | 2017-09-19T09:46:15+00:00 September 19th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest by John Etchieson - In the early 1920s (1921 - 1924) several expeditions were undertaken by different parties of men to ascend to the top of Mount Everest, the worlds tallest mountain at 29,035 feet above sea level which is located midway between Tibet and [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

By | 2017-09-19T09:56:49+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure was a trusted Muskie lure. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana would assign the model number 3000 to it. This Giant Jointed Great Northern slayer was first introduced in 1931 and lasted until 1978. This Jointed version of the Husky [...]

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Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-19T09:59:15+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure The Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure is a model series 3400. The Creek Chub Bait Company, of Garrett Indiana introduced this lure in 1929 and produced it for almost half a century until 1978. This wooden, glass eyed Pikie minnow is just a little larger than the famous [...]

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Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:00:43+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6" in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan [...]

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Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as "The Wiggler". Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of [...]

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Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:04:46+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2" in length. The lures main focus was the larger [...]

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Shur Strike Plunker Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:07:04+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Plunker Lure The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback [...]

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Goo Goo Eyes Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:08:39+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Goo Goo Eyes Lure The Goo Goo Eyes Lure is another one of those lures from the golden age of Striper fishing in New England. Leo Cooper of Stamford Connecticut who's creation born from his passion of fishing for striper, turned his personal creations into a business sometime between 1956 and 1958. These surf casting [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

By | 2017-09-12T08:51:29+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools by John Etchieson - Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:12:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure was first made in the 1930's. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana is exceedingly hard to find. I try not to just throw the word rare around, however in the tens of thousands of lures Ive [...]

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Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:11:27+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5" in length. The lure can be [...]

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Pflueger O Boy Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:13:57+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger O Boy Lure The Pflueger O Boy lure is Circa 1924. Pflueger of Akron, Ohio gave it a model number 5469. This antique fishing lure was only in production for roughly 5 years. This antique wooden lure measures 3 1/2" inches  in length and resembles a chubby Pal O Mine minnow fishing lure. The [...]

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South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:15:11+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure The South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure was given a model series number 964. The South Bend Bait Company, out of South Bend Indiana wanting to expound up the success of its smaller or little brother introduced this first version in 1925 and kept it until around 1929. I [...]

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Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:17:25+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Strike It The Shakespeare Strike It minnow was made in 1930. This antique lure is a wooden glass eye jointed minnow. The lure having 2 segments with 2 treble hooks one attached to each side. The rear of the Strike antique lure is usually held on with the ball hanger hardware. The antique fishing [...]

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Swiv A Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:18:48+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Swiv A Lure The Swiv A Lure was first introduced in 1949. Box. The Swiv A Lure was made by Lamothe Stokes Manufacturing Company out of Detroit Michigan. The lure was a model YR-20. The lure was made in both plastic and wood over its life cycle as well as being made in Red and [...]

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Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:20:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn't a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

By | 2017-09-05T12:01:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Shakespeare Lures|

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac by John Etchieson  87 years ago in 1930 the Shakespeare Tackle Company introduced a very high quality enameled "Super Silk" fly line for trout fishing that they called the CADILLAC brand. This new fly line came packaged inside of an orange cardboard box with a checkerboard racing stripe that ran [...]

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Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

By | 2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of [...]

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Kurz Buck Skin Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Kurz Buck Skin Lure The Kurz Buck Skin Lure is over 100 years old. Given that it is a piece of folded rawhide it looks pretty darn good for being over the century mark. The Kurz Bros. Co. were based in Chicago, Illinois @1369-89 North Branch Street.and during a time in the mid teens where [...]

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Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

By | 2017-09-02T13:39:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout The Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout was first introduced in 1941. This strange looking plastic, raised painted eye lure, was the Paw Paw Bait Company model series #3500. The lure originally called a Wham Doodle, which was made of wood with whats referred to as an alligator eye. [...]

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