The History of Hammacher Schlemmer

Friends, at Hammacher Schlemmer, we are proud of our long history.  For 164 years, we’ve been offering The Best, The Only, and The Unexpected to our customers.

We would like to invite you to a new feature on our web page that we’ve created to share this rich history with you: The History of Hammacher Schlemmer.  From our very beginning, as a hardware store in the Bowery district of New York City in 1848, to our first catalog in 1881, to today’s landmark store on New York’s E 57th St, we want you to be able to follow along on the journey we’ve taken to get to 2012.

Relive Hammacher’s milestones as well as those from U.S. History.  You’ll tour the evolution of our catalog, in addition to a century’s worth of  advertisements and published media reports. Plus, see a chronology of some of our most Unexpected products dating back to 1896!

Travel with us as we browse through highlights from our 164 years of history on these pages. We believe you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane just as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together for you. We thank you for accompanying us on our journey through The History of Hammacher Schlemmer, and we look forward to offering you more of The Best, The Only, and The Unexpected, for centuries to come!

http://www.hammacher.com/History/

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.”