Fowler Reel Ad Abbey Imbrie 1884
This Fowler Reel Ad comes to us from a Abbey Imbrie antique fishing tackle catalog. The antique lure and reel catalog was published in 1884 and provides for us this great ad. Enough cant be said about vintage or antique advertising giving us glimpses into the past from which the things we now collect came from. The ad shows us in a plate format the 40 and 60 yard versions of the coveted antique Fowler reel. The Fowler reel was named after its namesake Alonzo Fowler of Batavia N.Y., and his patent from June of 1872 which was #128,137. The reel shown wasn’t made of metal say like the Billinghurst reel, unfortunately, it was made out of hardened rubber. The problem with this is that nature wasn’t so kind and not many have made it through the years. The reel a side mount reel that was first made in the early 1870’s.