Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog
This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog is from 1893. Its one of my favorite antique fishing lure and reel catalogs. The company playing a major role in the outdoor sporting fields both hunting, fishing, and fly fishing for many decades. Acting as a major jobber and distributor of fishing tackle from just about every maker of fly fishing , bait casting, rod and reel makers we as collectors seek out.
The artwork done on these great old catalogs gives us insight into not only the sport but the marketing used for the period of time.
The company would produced some of the largest catalogs I’ve seen selling everything from door nobs, to dinnerware to firearms and small gauge cannons, yes I said cannons. Many of their main catalogs in the pre-teens to mid teens reached 1500+ pages.