Ball Minnow Trap

Ball Minnow Trap

The Ball Minnow Trap is really a great piece of angling history. Let me first add by saying yes, this is the same maker as the famous Ball jar line.

For those that may not know here is a piece borrowed from the Society of Historical Archaeology Inc. Although its roots go back to the 1880 making wooden covered milk cans and then to glass inserts for metal cans that wasn’t the era of the minnow trap production.


“Ball Brothers Co., Inc. (1922-1987)
Between 1913 and 1929, Ball acquired four more of its competitors and reorganized
again on December 19, 1922, as the Ball Brothers Co., Inc. The firm replaced the now-outdated
Owens machines with Ball-Bingham, Miller JPM, and English Moorshead machines in the
1930s. The firm purchased the Three Rivers Glass Co. in 1936 and closed it down after filling
existing orders, a fate visited on many of the earlier acquisitions (Roller 1983:456-457;
2011:659; Smith 1989; 1996).
The Owens license expired in 1933, so Ball began negotiations with Hartford-Empire and
acquired a license for those machines on March 25. On January 8, 1935, Ball executive Fred
Petty announced that Ball would begin production of packers’ ware in response to a major
decline in fruit jar sales over the past three years (Birmingham 1980:115). Ball (1937:96)
illustrated a birds-eye view drawing of the Muncie plant in 1936 (Figure 4).
By 1937, the Ball Brothers made “fruit jars, packers and preservers ware, bottles” by
machine at 14 continuous tanks – reflecting the list of five factories at Muncie, Indiana; Wichita
Falls, Texas; Huntington, West Virginia; Hillsboro, Illinois; and Okmulgee, Oklahoma
(American Glass Review 1937:81). On December 11, 1939, the U.S. Government sued the Ball
Brothers, the Hazel-Atlas Glass Co., and the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. under monopoly charges
based on the Hartford-Empire and Owens licensing agreements. The plaintiff claimed that small
producers were being frozen out of business or prohibited from entering manufacture by the
nature of the licenses.
Almost a decade later, in 1947, the justices rendered a final verdict. The court prohibited
the Ball Brothers from purchasing or otherwise controlling any other businesses engaged in the
same manufacturing processes – in other words, the small jar producers. In addition, Ball had to
divest itself of the Three Rivers Glass Co. (already closed for almost a decade) that Ball had
acquired in 1936. Ball sold the property (Birmingham 1980:115-116).
Beginning in 1942, Ball shifted production to other glass containers, zinc shells for
batteries, and various rubber products – in addition to fruit jars – to support the World War II
effort (Birmingham 1980:116). Muncie Plant No. 1 burned in 1945. By 1952, fruit jar
production made up less than 10% of sales (Birmingham 1980:153, 159).
The rest of the decade was mostly quiet, with no notable changes. The firm opened the
Mundelein, Illinois, plant in 1961 and ended glass making at the Muncie plant the following
year (Roller 1999; […]

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1999

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1999

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1999 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

June 1999 Volume 9 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes a photo montage of Split Shot Tin Collection.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In The Begininng / Riley Haskell by Arlan Carter
It’s Only Just Begun / An Introduction to British Baits by Jack Gallagher & Larry Mayer
Scatbacks by Tom Schofield
The Burke Bait Company / Early Rubber Baits by Ken Gouker
It’s Still Outh There by Rick Edmisten
George J Cummings / And His Marvelous Bass Getter by Bob Hornstra
Fly Rod Mice by Fred Kibler, Debbie Steimle, Jerry Martin

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Millers Reversible lure in it’s Picture Box.

November 1999 Volume 9 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes a Collection of Antique Lure Catalogs.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning / Scale Wars by William Sonnett
The Wright and McGill Co / Pre War Casting Baits by Fred Kibler & Jerry Martin, Larry Sundall & Gary Zaruba
Its Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Lauby Bait Company by Charles & Annnette Sanders
William Shakespeare Jr / Wooden Minnows by William Sonnett

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Kinney Bird Lure in Box with Papers.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1999 Cover Gallery

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Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904

Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad

Here is a great early Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad. This clip is out of the 1904 Pfleuger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Catalog. The plate below touts it should the actual size. Model numbers 473 being Luminous, , Model 474 Non Luminous 1st Quality and 475 being of second quality. I’m not sure of the difference between the two so if anyone wold like to tell me Id love to add it to the Wizard lure ad.  Maybe its the use of glass eyes versus tack, or paint finish quality. If you have any wizards for sale Id love to see them. I’m looking for a 3 hook Pflueger Wizard version right now.

Pfluegers “Wizard” Wooden Minnow

   The above minnows are ballasted so as to float belly down and can be used on or below the surface of the water according to the speed given it. The Spinners revolving freely in opposite directions produce a most tempting attraction to all game fish especially Bass. To get best results the minnow should be used in and around pads, rushes and places where game fish habitat. Don’t fail to keep the minnow on the move. 

Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904 Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904

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