164 Years and Counting – America’s Oldest Catalog

Occasionally on our blog we will share some of our long history. After 164 years there are many stories and highlights; we promise to keep it short and fun.Test

It only seems appropriate to start 164 years ago, when Hammacher Schlemmer sold tools and hardware and was regarded nationwide for its quality. “If you can’t find it, try Hammacher Schlemmer” was coined in these years, most likely in reference to our 1100 page fully bound hard cover catalog.

Although our initial focus may have been tools and hardware our reputation for selling innovative and unique products was established. In the years that followed Hammacher’s reputation only grew and during World War I and II we even supplied the United States  military with tools. In 1918 Hammacher Schlemmer received a Commendation for War Service from the United State War Department recognizing the “…distinguished service, loyalty, energy and efficiency.”

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