Let's see that ephemera!

Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 by George Schrade, and his brothers Jacob and William Schrade. In 1946 Imperial Knife Associated Companies, (IKAC; an association of Ulster Knife Co and Imperial Knife Co) purchased controlling interest in Schrade Cut Co and changed the name to Schrade Walden Cutlery. In 1973 the name was changed to Schrade Cutlery. In 2004 Schrade closed due to bankruptcy.

This forum is dedicated to the knives that are the legacy of this company. This forum is not the place to discuss the replica knives currently being imported using the Schrade name.
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Let's see that ephemera!

Post by jxr1197 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:50 pm

We all love those non-sharps that complement the collection. I just got this clock and have to say it's my greatest bit of ephemera (even if it's not authentic to the era, lol.) What items do you folks have in your stash?
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Re: Let's see that ephemera!

Post by New_Windsor_NY » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:14 am

jxr1197 wrote:
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We all love those non-sharps that complement the collection. I just got this clock and have to say it's my greatest bit of ephemera (even if it's not authentic to the era, lol.) What items do you folks have in your stash?
Hi Jason. Sent you a PM awhile ago. Guess you didn't get it. The Mexican Imperial hasn't arrived yet. It's coming from Canada, don't know if I'll ever get it. The PM was in regards to something completely different. Anyway, here is my Schrade non-knife, knife related item. A Craftsman 9494 tang stamp punch tool.
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Post by jxr1197 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:25 am

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Hi Jason. Sent you a PM awhile ago. Guess you didn't get it.
Hi Skip - cool tang stamp! I've seen a few of those for sale lately but haven't gotten my hands on one. I did have a PM from you a few days ago when I logged in and it said something along the lines of "this message has been deleted by it's author" and there was no way to open it. The only option it gave was to delete the message. Try again and if I get the same message I'll screen shot it and post it here so maybe Dale could tell us what went wrong.
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Re: Let's see that ephemera!

Post by LRV » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:51 am

Here are a few Ive had for a while.
http://www.collectors-of-schrades-r.us/bling/index.htm

Hats, Shirts, a Marble and others havent posted in a while..
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Post by Mumbleypeg » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:58 am

Lots of old posts here about ephemera for those interested in them. Here's one viewtopic.php?f=35&t=10709&hilit=Ephemera

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Post by jxr1197 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:56 am

LRV wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:51 am
Here are a few Ive had for a while.
That scrim stamp is awesome - first one I have seen!
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Lots of old posts here about ephemera for those interested in them.
Lots to go through there - thanks for posting the link ::tu::


Here's an old post card showing the Walden factory - post marked 1907. It's the earliest image of the Schrade factory I have seen.
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Post by ea42 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:07 pm

Jason, here's the uncolorized photo that your post card was produced from. That date is only a few years after they started up ::tu:: :
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Larry, that stamp for the Old Timer display case is amazing!

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Post by jxr1197 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:44 pm

ea42 wrote:
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Jason, here's the uncolorized photo that your post card was produced from. That date is only a few years after they started up ::tu::
That's crazy that you have the original photo. I never thought the colored version was a great image but in sepia tone it's just stark. I can see why they took the crayons to it.


Here's another postcard. Old radio operators used to send each other these QSL cards as a way to confirm distant signal reception (for bragging rights) and maybe also there was a social aspect to it. These cards were designed and ordered by the operators - the QSL has nothing to do with Schrade except the sender, Fred, lived in Walden and thought it would be cool to decorate his cards with a radio knife manufactured in his backyard. I love how he taunts Chuck in the message. The post mark is Walden 1938. That knife is first seen in the 1936 catalog.
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Post by ea42 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:57 am

Geez Jason that's amazing, I've never seen anything like it. What are the chances of finding something like that in such good condition? I'm glad some folks back then had a little foresight and didn't toss everything out.

Here's a shot of the interior of the Schrade shop from 1911 (The date's on the box that says "Haley's Room", I nearly forgot about that lol). You can be sure some of those guys are old Sheffield craftsmen.
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Re: Let's see that ephemera!

Post by black mamba » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:04 am

I'm not sure if this counts, but my I-XL stockman was part of the Irv Trachtenberg Collection. Irv was the former Marketing and Product Development Manager of Schrade Cutlery from early 1970's until 1984. I believe Jim Parker bought a chunk of that collection and sold them individually on the secondary markets.
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Post by jxr1197 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:43 am

The 1911 photo is fantastic - I love that vise in the pic. They must have just wired the building, there's a combination of gas and electric lights hanging. Second row, second from the left - looks like an early image of Moe Howard! :lol:
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I'm not sure if this counts
Certificates definitely count as ephemera! Great knife by the way. I only recently bought a set of them and didn't appreciate these knives until I got my hands on a few.

Here's a couple of clothing items. The jacket was a last place prize in a Schrade contest in 1984. The flyer said they would give out 200 of them. The T shirt came from a second hand shop in the Hudson Valley. I don't know if they were sold or maybe handed out to employees? It would have been roughly the same period as the jacket.
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Re: Let's see that ephemera!

Post by bladecollectorr » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:16 am

"Schrade Old Timer Driver" Harry Gant bio/promo sheet. Semi-gloss, high-quality, 2-sided 8"x10"
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Schrade Cutlery Co. postcard made before 1911. Similar to the previous postcard with the dog in the picture. Lithograph from colorized (painted) black-and-white photo.
My example:
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The reverse side of another example that is post-marked 1911.
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Post by bladecollectorr » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:42 am

100th Anniversary money-clip. I put it to good use.
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Post by bladecollectorr » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:51 am

Thick, 1981 dealer binder of flyers. Some flyers for older patterns still being sold in 1981 are from the '70s. 4-page Schrade I*XL centerfold was something I'd never seen before. This was the era when Schrade first convinced me they were all kinds of awesome. I loved seeing all these ads in magazines back then.

I really wanted a "Guide's Choice" 144UH when I was 14. The flyer hit me hard. I settled for a Rappala fillet that was of far more use to me. Now I've had a half-dozen different 144UH knives over the years. The itch has been scratched.
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Re: Let's see that ephemera!

Post by bladecollectorr » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:56 am

Not the first to make this joke and likely won't be the last. At Christmas, I have Schrade balls.
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