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Advertising Metal Display Company

We are not yet sure when Advertising Metal Display Co (AMDC) was founded.  The earliest reference we find is a patent filing for a display board by H. H. Krueger and assigned to AMDC.  The patent was filed on 10/2/1933 and awarded on 4/16/1935.  H. H. Krueger is listed as President of AMDC from 1937 through his death in the mid-1950's, at 60 years old.

On 10/24/1958 AMDC filed for a Trademark on the term "Rem Line."  Trademark RN#1681316 was granted on 7/7/1959.  These TM records also show that AMDC changed their name to AMD Industries, Inc. on 7/29/1982.  It was further transferred to Remline Tool Storage Co. in 1987.  For some time between about 1992 and 2001 the trademark appears to have been owned by T and D Metal Products.  The trademark appears to have been renewed by Remline Industries in 2010.

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This is an example of an AMDC Tool Chest, branded Craftsman, from 1956. The black circle indicates where to find the date inside the drawer, and usually upside-down.

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AMDC Plate with '56 date.

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Handles on AMDC produced Tool Chests in 1956

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Tool Box Patents

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Bonney Roll Cabs, Chests, Totes & Displays

Bonney Roll Cabs

Bonney Tool Chests

Bonney Tool Totes & Displays

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This is a Bonney Wrench display board, we believe Pre-1923.

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Craftsman Tool Box Manufacturing Sources

Kennedy Manufacturing Company

From the Kennedy History page of their website located here:

American ingenuity at work, Howard & Charles Kennedy created the country’s first metal toolboxes and storage cabinets over a century ago. Today, the first is still the finest – our tool storage is designed and built with the best materials and craftsmanship so that they’ll last a lifetime – guaranteed.

Kennedy Manufacturing was founded in 1911 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Production was moved to Van Wert, Ohio in 1914. Today you will still find Kennedy located in Van Wert, OH producing and marketing to the industry an array of classic and innovative tool storage equipment worldwide. A subsidiary company, Blue Bell, also located in Van Wert, OH and product produced at Kennedy Manufacturing, markets and distributes medical carts and accessories for hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and abroad. Kennedy is trusted by generations before you, built to serve generations after you.

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Image: Popular Mechanics, February, 1959 Issue

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Plomb / Proto Tool Boxes, Totes and Displays

Plomb Era Tool Chests

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The Plomb 9990 series Tool Chest was introduced in 1937 and advertised as "designed to hold a large set of tools securely and in convenient order..... a masterpiece of convenience." It weighs 44lbs. empty, is 11" wide, 33 3/4" deep, and 24" long and made of 18 gauge steel. This model tool chest appears to be still available in 1949 (Catalog 4922) however the small drawers are reconfigured to sit on the right side of the box, rather than the left. Therefore, this box appears to have been available between 1937 and 1949 although finished in drab green, we estimate this box to be dated between 1941 and 1945.

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Proto Era Tool Displays - Proto Rotamat

This particular design was patented by Edgar Howard and assigned to Plomb Tool Co. in 1952 under patent #D168095.

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The Proto Rotamat. This picture is from the July, 1951 Issue of Hardware Age.

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July, 1951 Issue of Hardware Age advertisement - Exploded View 1

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July, 1951 Issue of Hardware Age advertisement - Exploded View 2

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Proto Rotamat Example.

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Proto Era Tool Displays - Wall Boards - Cont'd

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Proto Display Panel 10B - Long Combos, Double Box End, Angle Wrenches - This board, given the "Proto LA" logo, would date from between 1949 and 1956.

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Proto Display Panel NO ID NUMBER - This board holds pullers of all shapes and sizes. This board, given the "Proto LA" logo, would date from between 1949 and 1956.

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Proto Era Tool Displays - Wall Boards

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Proto Display Panel #554 - 1/2" Drive Tools

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Proto Display Panel #550 - 1/4" & 3/8" Drive Tools, Crow's foot wrenches, Hex sockets and Screwdriver bit sockets.

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Proto Display Panel #81
Proto 4753 - 1/4" Refrigeration Ratchet and repair kit #9200M
Small DBE - No Offset - 8112 - 8127
Deep offset DBE - 8160 - 8185
Line Wrenches - 3751 - 3757
Nut Drivers - 9206 - 9220

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Proto Display Panel #52 - This panel is from the 1950's and holds the same tools as Panel #550, but they are organized differently.

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Proto Display Panel #77 - Adjustable Wrenches

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Proto Display Panel #130SS
DBE - 1122 - 1139
DOE Tappet Wrenches - 3425 & 3426
DOE - 3018 - 3039
Ignition/Obstruction DOE - 3210 - 3226

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Proto Display Panel #512-R
Combination Wrenches - 1208 - 1244
Ignition Wrenches - 1204E - 1220E

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Proto Roll Cabs

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This box is a Proto Roll Cab that is 42" high, 26 1/2" wide and 18" deep. It is configured with 10 drawers.

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Proto Toolmobile. The date is unknown. The box is 18" deep, 28" wide and 36 1/2" tall.

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Proto Socket Sets

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Socket Set 5400D - 1/2" Drive - 3/8' to 1 1/4"

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Socket Set 7400D - "Power Socket Set" - Included 6 6pt. 1/2" drive sockets (unsure of sizes) - Referenced in 1966 Catalog Price List.

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Proto Tote Boxes

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Proto 9954. This box, complete with tray is not found in existing Proto catalogs. It very closely resembles Proto box 9972.
This box measures 16" wide, 7" deep and 7" tall.

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Proto Box 100HR. This box (under the Proto name) shows up in the first Proto catalog in 1948. Sadly, in my attempt to make the "100HR" more legible, I ruined the label not realizing it was paper.
This box measures 22" wide, 8" deep, 7 1/2" tall at the "hip" and 6" tall at the corners.

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Simonsen Metal Products Company

Here is an excellent history from the Made In Chicago Website

Edward H. Simonsen Patents from Google.

 

Tool Box Manufacturers Through the Years

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This list comes from the Automobile Trade Directory January, 1921 Edition.

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This list comes from the Automobile Trade Directory January, 1922 Edition.

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Waterloo Industries

This section is going to take some good 'ole fashioned research. We spoke to Waterloo about obtaining the history of whom they produced boxes for and during what timeframe(s). Unfortunately, their latest "acquirer" upgraded all their computer systems 4 years ago and one of the consequences of that effort was a complete purge/wipe of all their historical records.

According to Waterloo's website, the company was founded as the Waterloo Valve Spring Compressor by Nicholas Sulentic, a Croatian immigrant in 1922.  The earliest reference we could locate was in a November 8, 1922 newspaper advertising for local salesmen.  Until we get back to more detailed research on Waterloo, please refer to the above link to Waterloo's history page for information.

Link to Waterloo Patents.

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Dating a Waterloo made Tool Chest. Date codes on all Waterloo produced tool chests are located in the floor of the top tray, between the middle and front of the box, in the leftmost portion / section of the top tray.

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On Waterloo produced roll cabs, the date stamp is typically found on the front face of the lower right corner of the frame.

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Waterloo Notes / Research

Yorktown Industries

This company is very difficult to locate information about.  The 9 January, 1948 edition of The Dunkirk Observer reports the "Assumption of Name" for Yorktown Industries from Robert Fredrickson to Howard O. Dart.  Mr. Fredrickson worked for the Lundell-Eckberg Mfg. Co. from about 1930 to 1939.  Lundell-Eckberg appears to be a maker of window sashes.  By 1942, Mr. Fredrickson is listed as a "toolmaker" at JPD Co.  Given the geographic proximity, we are assuming JPD Co. is JP. Danielson.  At some point between 1942 and 1948, Mr. Fredrickson must have either assumed ownership or created Yorktown Industries.  In 1958, Howard O. Dart is listed as President and William Dart as VP.  This listing from the Industrial Directory of New York, 1958 lists them as makers of tool boxes, stampings and cabinets.  At some point during the 1970s, Yorktown Industries was acquired by MAC Allied.  The company operated as a subsidiary into at least the mid 1980's, with Scott Darrah being listed as President.

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No date code stampings have been found on Yorktown boxes that we are aware of.

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