Hinsdale Mfg. Co.


Hinsdale Manufacturing Company was started in 1919 and operated in and around Chicago for it's entire existance.  This announcement from the August 5, 1919 edition of The Chicago Tribune names the following officers:

Throughout the late 1920s, advertisements abound offering tool kits for Ford, Dodge and Chevy by Hinsdale. Their tools can be found in the Western Auto Supply, Gamble's and Sears catalogs of the late '20s and early '30s.

A listing in The Aero Digest from 1942 still lists Mr. F. W. Miller as President and GM.

Opinions vary on when and how they met their demise but the final listing in an exhaustive search puts them in the Chicago Business Directory of 1951 at 1722 W. Walnut, listed as a Screwdriver manufacturer.

Hinsdale Manufacturing Co. (Chicago, IL)

Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

Contract Production for

  • Sears - Craftsman Vanadium (Wrenches, Sockets, Drive Accessories)
  • Sears - (Bob-Cat Socket Sets - 1931)
  • Sears - Craftsman HD DBE Series (Wrenches)
  • Western Auto (MultiHex Wrenches)
  • Gamble's Auto Supply Co. (Socket Sets - 1927, 8)

Key Tool Stamping Terms (stamped/forged into tools):

  • Chrome Vanadium Steel
  • Hinsdale Vanadium

Hinsdale Patents