Original unused advertising sign for Hildebrandts Spinner and Flies (Fly Fishing). Located in Logansport, Indiana they were a fishing supply establishment since 1899. Sign is of heavy cardboard stock, actual size is 10 1/4” by 13 1/4”, it has been mounted on acid free board, has triple complimentary colored matte, overall size as shown is 18 1/4” by 15 1/4”. It has been shrink wrapped for protection. At some point in time moisture caused some rippling, it is now flat. Sign is in excellent condition. Part of an American fishing institution. This is an excellent example of a legitimate Fishing Advertising Sign. These are very difficult to come by is good condition.
There are eight photos of fishermen across the top, fishing proof of success when using a Slim Eli’s spinner. Slim Eli appeared on the scene around 1925. Slim was created as a company trademark of dependability and superior quality. He represents the Hildebrandt spirit of a fisherman who is satisfied with his sport and the equipment he uses. Hildebrandt spinners and lures have been a fishing tradition since 1899. The company was founded that year by John J. Hildebrandt, known locally as "Big John." John was a plumber who loved to fish, which is why he started making lures. The original spinner he made was handcrafted from a line and one of his wife's hairpins. He made more spinners and they caught fish like magic. Soon, John could not make lures fast enough to satisfy the demand of local anglers. His plumbing days were over.
He decided to make his living manufacturing fishing tackle. He knew that the highest quality materials and workmanship would be important for his success. His desire for the best quality, combined with creative innovation, made Hildebrandt's the originator of many baits and lures that are now considered standards in the industry. The business grew and the factory is started, and after the death of Mr. Hildebrandt his son conducted the business which has grown and necessitated the increase of the plant until today the Hildebrandt spinners are more widely known and used more extensively by fishermen than all other artificial bait combined. See photos
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