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Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

By | 2017-10-24T07:16:44+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare's Indian Silk Lines by John Etchieson 108 years ago in 1909 the William Shakespeare Jr. Tackle Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan adopted a new trade mark for its "Indian Silk Lines" using the profile of an Indian in a full feathered headdress. Many fishing tackle collectors today are familiar with the image [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:56:04+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930's by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This antique fishing lure  measures 4 1/8" in length.  It features 3 standard size treble hooks, the rear of which is held on by Shakespeare's Ball [...]

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Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

By | 2017-04-12T08:00:38+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure The Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure was released somewhere in the late 1920's. This unique bulbous or light bulb shaped wooden antique fishing lure was a model number 6555. Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan only made this fishing lure for less than a half a dozen years and it was gone in the [...]

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Shakespeare Evolution Lure

By | 2017-03-30T08:50:09+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Evolution Lure The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare's earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length measurements. Shakespeare in their first catalog made its lures almost out of opposing or different materials. Its Revolution and Worden [...]

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Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

By | 2016-11-10T19:32:37+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure The Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure is one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures. This lure is very similar to the Heddon 175 Heavy Casting Minnow lure. The lure is a 3T or 3 Hook underwater minnow made of wood with glass eyes to props both fore and aft. This [...]

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Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:55:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930's or early 1940's. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn't change from year to [...]

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Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906 This Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906 was taken from "The Evening Star" newspaper and shows us the New addition of the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog to its Artificial bait arsenal. The ad illustrates the Shakespeare Revolution, The Shakespeare Wooden Minnow and the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog. Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906 [...]

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1999

By | 2016-09-21T18:58:05+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), NFLCC|

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 [...]

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997

By | 2016-09-11T12:32:38+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Antique Lures, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC|

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997 This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997 contain the below Mentioned Articles.  June 1997 Volume 7 Issue Number 1 Cover Photo includes a collection of Fly rod lures by Heddon, Creek Chub, South Bend, Moonlight Wright and McGill and Others. From the Editor by Dudley Murphy In The Begininng / Floating Bass Bug by Jerry [...]

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Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

By | 2017-06-29T08:37:21+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1940. The lure was very short lived, and from what I can see never was actually in the Shakespeare Reel and Fishing Lure Catalog. This wooden antique fishing lure measures in at 6" in length. The lure features the same [...]

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Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 In this Great Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 we see the Advertisement for not only the Worden Bucktail, but the Revolution. SHAKESPEARE BAITS The Shakespeare Revolution Spinner The Shakespeare Bucktail Spinner The Revolution Bait. A new departure in Fishing. Made entirely of Aluminum with First Quality [...]

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Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution Lure

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:22+00:00 March 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution This item the Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution lure is part of one of the sets of metal lures that are iconic foundation Shakespeare lures. The Revolution lures in line symbolizes early Shakespeare. Circa 1903, this is the earlier model. You can tell by the rounded aft section and the "Mickey Mouse [...]

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Shakespeare Pop I Lure

By | 2017-06-14T10:15:09+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Pop I Lure The Shakespeare Pop I lure was a series model number 6574, and created by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This painted eye, wooden lure, was Shakespeare's answer to a segment of fisherman wanting to emulate one of natures greatest food supplies for sports fish, the frog. The antique lure [...]

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New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

By | 2016-06-18T03:03:58+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

New Winner Wood Minnow The New Winner Wood Minnow was a product offered by Sears Roebuck and Company. This beautiful example is housed in a standard wood box with a railed or channeled slide type. Through out the fishing industry we see once again wholesalers, and jobbers, taking the product of another manufacturer and either [...]

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Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot

By | 2017-06-14T09:58:22+00:00 March 6th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure This Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper antique fishing lure has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures of its period. The antique lure itself was first introduced into the Shakespeare antique lure line up around 1927. The Plopper would become Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan's model series number 6511. This wooden, glass [...]

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