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This page addresses frequently asked questions, such as:
How do I contact you? What is your commitment to this site?
What do you collect? Did you draw any conclusions?
Why did you create this site? Can I provide feedback?
Why is my rare lure listed as common? How can I help?
Why is there a "?" beside the date? Who helped you?
Can I copy your work?
Contact Information
I have lived in Ohio most of my life, with a brief stay in New York.
Telephone : 513.934.2301
Name : Larry Nicholson
Electronic Mail : mrnick@tacklecollecting.com
What I Collect
If you have something that you think I may be interested in, please email with condition and price. I am not an appraiser!

Please visit my collection page to see what I have in my collection.

Al Foss : Little Egypts with different eye colors and Oriental Wigglers
Arbogast : Glassed Eyed Tin Lizs and Wooden Jitterbugs
Creek Chub : 2700 series Jointed Pikies
Heddon : Catalogs, Wooden Crazy Crawlers, Tiny River Runt Go-Deepers, Tiny Torpedos and Tiny Lucky 13s
Shakespeare : Catalogs, Dopeys, Grumpys, and Pups
Miscellaneous : Catalogs and Advertisements for all manufacturers
I created this site as a collaboration effort to help me gain knowledge about this hobby by inviting challenges and help from other collectors. I hope you find my collaborative findings helpful!

There were very few resources on the internet at the inception of this web site and most did not offer clear color images. I later found that color collecting a particular lure can be an extreme challenge, if you don't have all the facts.

Why is my rare color listed as common?
I do not list lure colors rare, as this is a subjective statement. You can draw your own conclusions based on years produced or current market. Common means the color pattern is common for the lure code or name. I will list differently, if there is a later or noticeable variation of the original color.
Why is there a "?" beside the date?
I will list a "?" beside a year that has not been verified from a previous year in a catalog. (Example: 1933-1961?) This indicates that the lure was cataloged from 1933 to 1961, but may have been cataloged after the last year.
My Commitment to this Site
I plan to keep this site up to date with the latest information available.

I will not post any pricing information because it is so subjective. Like all other collectibles, it depends who is collecting and the current state of the economy.

I will not post any information on rating condition, because most lure collectors have different ideas of rating. All my images are digital and free of defects; they are not real.

Conclusions Drawn
The War years are a little fuzzy for all manufacturers, so I've drawn some conclusions around those dates. During W.W.II as a conservation measure, most manufacturers in 1942-45 did not produce lures, but used all remaining inventory.
Please tell me what you think about this web site by sending email to mrnick@tacklecollecting.com. Any suggestions to improve this web site are greatly appreciated. If you provide me with your contact information, I will be able to reach you in case I have any questions.
How can I help?
I am looking for help with images that you may not see listed on this web site. If you have a lure that you think other collectors would be interested in, please email me. Do not worry about condition, because I can take most imperfections out.

Check out before and after below!

If you have a scanner, please send image in JPEG format. The resolution should ideally be around 300dpi set at 100%, for actual size of lure. Try to position lure similar to the angle that I show on this web site. Crop and exclude any distracting backgrounds, scan with a white or gray background. A piece of paper on top works just fine.

If you have a digital camera, please try to send image similar to above. Crop the lure the best you can with no distracting backgrounds.



Before After
Most images provided on this web site are not real. They are computer generated, and are not intended to fool anyone. They are simply provided as a visual aid to the colors offered from various manufacturers.
If you find yourself using this web site as reference and would like to make a donatation to help supplement the cost of this site, please click the above button to donate through PayPal.
Trademark and Copyright Information
Some of the manufacturer logos and lure names used on this site are either registered trademarks and/or trademarks by PRADCO Outdoor Brands, Shakespeare Fishing Tackle, or South Bend Sporting Goods. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be reproduced, stored in any retreival system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means including but not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recordings, or otherwise, without the written consent of Larry Nicholson.

If you make copies of my color guides or simply copy images from my web site to resell, I will prosecute to the highest level of the law in the state of Ohio for the maximum amount allocated for copyright infringements.

Thank You
First and foremost, I would like to thank my father; because without him this would not be possible. I can still remember the first time he took me fishing, me with my cane pole and him with his fly rod. He taught me to enjoy fishing and to love nature, and if I can become half the outdoorsman he is, I would consider myself lucky. He also got me started in collecting this old fishing stuff, with his Christmas gift (a nice old tackle box filled with old lures from the 1940ís).

Secondly, I would like to thank Bill and Lynn Potts. It was February of 1997 when I first emailed Bill, when he had posted an Orvis reel for sale on Anglerís labeled snow bound in Ohio. After I emailed him, I found out he just lived a few miles away. He welcomed me into his home, and taught me the art and history of collecting. I am fortunate enough to know some of the finest people in collecting.

Thirdly, I would like to thank you (all the individuals of the cyber world). We all have email names, we all have names, and we all have a compassion about collecting, so there are numerous individuals who have impacted this web site. This is the information age, and we have something to learn from each other. Whether it be a story about the fish we caught, or the unusual lure we found. This hobby has many great people, and I have been fortunate enough to know some of you.

Thank You,
Larry Nicholson

Send email to mrnick@tacklecollecting.com with questions or comments about this web site .

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