>On 15 Aug 97 at 0:17, I wrote:
>> Before 1920 the Stanley Rule and Level Co. and Stanley Works
>> existed as two separate companies (it's a long story...)
To which Ted Scott quickly replied:
>Well, I could use some bedtime reading, where is it written? (the
>long story that is)
The version I drew from is in John Walter, ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE
STANLEY TOOLS: GUIDE TO IDENTITY AND VALUE (2nd ed., 1996, The Tool
Merchant, PO Box 227, Marietta, Ohio 45750, ISBN 1-878911-01-5). Pp.
62-93 of this 885-page book contains the essay "A Brief History of the
Stanley Companies." Walter acknowledges Roger K. Smith, PATENTED AND
TRANSITIONAL METALLIC PLANES IN AMERICA, 1827-1927, Vols I and II as an
important source on the early period.
And this, of course, prompts another query: Walter lists the
closing date of manufacture of most of the standard bench and block planes
(#3-8, 9 1/2, 60, 110, etc.) in the period 1979-1984, more or less. A scan
of the "Brief History" essay doesn't provide a definitive statement on when
Stanley stopped making real planes (ie, not talking about Surform rasps) in
the USA. Can anyone out there answer that question, for sure? Are *any* of
the newly manufactured Stanley bench and block planes now available made in
USA? If not, since when?
thinking that some of the tool merchants, collectors, and historians on
this list, including the one prominently listed with Frank Klausz's AWW
article on reconditioning vintage planes, might be of some help in these
matters, in view of OldTools policy that those who take advantage of the
commercial benefits of list membership should *also* contribute to the
discussions on the porch in other ways....