Publication: Privately printed, 1937, N P
First edition. 6" x 8" oblong wraparound color wrappers, 40 pp. (including covers), numerous black & white illustrations, a few in color, index. A well-illustrated catalogue showing many models of watercraft including canoes, dinghies, double-end boats, row boats, ocean boats, etc. Accessories and canoe equipment are also detailed along with fancy folding chairs and seat cushions, carrying yokes for portaging, and options for personalizing your watercraft. The inside of the rear cover provides attractive illustrations in color of the famous canoes. Old Town Canoe Company is a historic maker of canoes in Old Town, Maine. The company had its beginnings in 1898, in buildings constructed in 1890 for a shoe business, and was incorporated in 1901. Old Town entered the canoe market as a builder of canvas-covered wooden canoes. In the latter half of the 20th century, the company adopted more modern materials to maintain competitiveness. The company's plant was located along the Penobscot River. Old Town is the largest and best known American canoe manufacturer. It was the leading manufacturer in the world before competitors such as Grumman pressured it by adopting aluminum for manufacture after World War II. It adjusted by moving to using fiberglass and plastic in the 1960s. Old Town also produces kayaks. The Old Town Canoe Company "is one of the few Maine businesses to have achieved legendary status nationally." Old Town was featured by the Discovery Channel for an episode of Some Assembly Required (TV series) in 2008. In 1998 the company celebrated its 100th anniversary; with brass tacks and wood planks still used in the manufacture of its traditional lines of canoe. The town of Old Town and surrounding communities have hosted a week-long Old Town Hullabaloo canoe festival. Unfortunately while the company has survived it no longer manufactures in Old Town, Maine. An exceptionally clean and bright copy in fine condition. Accompanying is an original addressed mailing envelope complete with its cancelled two cent stamp.
Inventory Number: 45147