Posted August 16 2011 - 01:03 PM
I had one, or two, probably even more of those catalogs. You could buy in bulk and save bucoup dollars. Need ball bearing swivels? Buy them by the hundred, for pennies apiece. Spinner blades of every size and configuration. Also available in bulk. Beads, the same.
I was busy at that time making spinner rigs for stripers. And for a few bucks I could make them with two or three spinner blades, beads, stainless steel ball bearing swivel, line and hooks for about fifty cents each.
In addition to the brand name lures of that era, such as the "Lazy Ike" Herters offered knockoffs such as the Lazy Iver. He also had a deeper running version called, yep, you guessed it, the "Lazy Iver Go Deeper".
To my knowlege he had no stores. Everything was mail order. His catalog dwarfed those of today's BPS and Cabelas. It was Nirvanha for the do it youselfers. Blanks, eyes, everything imaginable for fly tying. He did not miss a trick. It was truly something and everything for everybody.
Posted August 16 2011 - 01:08 PM
Posted August 16 2011 - 01:13 PM
So this no longer exists? Sounds awesome what happened?
He ran afoul of government regulations about feathers. A regulation was enacted that banned the harvesting of a particular bird or feathers. He had a huge stockpile and the government would not let him use them even though he had obtained them legally. Being stubbornly independent, he closed down the business.
It's in the link on my first post.
I didn't get it quite right. He apparently gave up after the government went after him.
Posted August 16 2011 - 01:31 PM
Posted August 16 2011 - 01:48 PM
Those catalogs had the family crest/shield of Herter prominently displayed. I'm only surmising that if he kept at it with the hunting gear, he'd have maintained the family coat of arms prominently displayed.
Posted August 16 2011 - 03:34 PM
Posted August 16 2011 - 04:15 PM
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Posted August 16 2011 - 10:02 PM
I do still have his Herter's hunting knife, which must be 35+ years old now.
I also remember their catalogs. Dad and I used to look through the archery pages and ooh and aah over all the stuff we were gonna buy. Good memories.
Posted August 18 2011 - 03:41 PM
Posted August 18 2011 - 07:21 PM
I bought fly tying materials and poppers from Herters when I was in junior high. What a memory. Do you remember 10 ounce bottles of Nesbitts in a dispenser that was a chilled water bather with rails. A nickle and slide the bottle out and pop the cap on the opener attched to the side of the unit. Sweet times man.
I remember Nesbitts, and Nehi, and Royal Crown Cola.