GEORGE WORTHINGTON CO.
1946 MASSIVE CATALOG!
CLEVELAND, OHIO - © 1941
General Mechandise and Hardware Catalog
Over 1,700 Pages! Original Catalog!
We are pleased to offer for sale another extremely rare, vintage, catalog in excellent condition! This catalog is the LARGEST, T-H-I-C-K-E-S-T, heaviest catalog we have ever listed on eBay. In one word, it is: MASSIVE. This catalog is SO BIG, that the Index alone is 53 pages long!
This (1941 copyrighted) 1946 Worthington Catalog was intended for restricted distribution to retailers just as World War II was winding down. From the introductory page: "A new consumer appeal directed to your customer to make more sales for you... Complete information to help your customers buy more intelligently and to help make better salesmen out of your employees... One of the most complete listings of Merchandise ever offered by a single distributor!"
This publication is over 66-years old and would make a fantastic gift
for a catalog collector, historian or collector of period items.
DIMENSIONS: This catalog is so thick that it has a screw-bound, hardback green cover with off-red ink. It measures 11 15/16" wide by 12 5/16" tall, contains over 1,700 pages, is 3½ " thick, weighs 13 pounds, 7.6 ounces (6.072 kilograms) and is in very good condition given its age.
Please take a moment to read the PARTIAL listing of what is inside of this catalog. This is an original catalog - NOT A REPRINT. This particular catalog is difficult to locate due to it's age, specialized topic, restricted distribution and quality.
This catalog contains some of the following items (just to name a few!): A FIFTY PAGE index; 1944 Parcel Post rates; Abrasives; Accordion Door Hangers; Acetylene; Acid; Adapters; Adhesives; Air hoses, guns, pistols, filters, pumps; Alarm Clocks; Alcohol Torches; All Rubber Hose; Altitude Gages; Amerepol Aprons; Ammonium Sulphate; Ammunition; Animal Clippers; Artists Bushes; Asbestos cements, fixture wire, gaskets, lighting rings, packing, paper, ropes; Ash Cans; Axes (lots and lots of them!); Awnings; Baby Bathes; Bags (lots of them); Bait; Bamboo Lawn Rakes; Baking Dishes; Band Saws; Bare Copper Ground Wire; Barometers; Barrows; Baseballs; Basins; Baskets; Bath Mats; Bathroom Door Lock Sets; Beverage Hose; Bicycle accessories, axle cones, bells, baskets, chain repair links, front hubs; Bits, auger, bridle, drill, dowel, Hanoverian, horse, polo; Blacksmiths' aprons, anvils, drills, forges, sledges, tongs; Blankets; Tackle Blocks; Boat Oars; Plumb Bobs; Boilers; Bolt Action Rifles; Bolts, carriage, chain, door, elevator, fire exit, foot, plow, thimbleye, tire; Bottles; Bowls; Bow and Arrows; Boxes; Brackets; Bread Boxes; Brick Clamps; Brooms; Brushes; Buckets; Buckles, Buffet; Bumper Hitches; Bunghole Lamps; Burrs; Bushings; Butcher Knives; Buzzers; Cabin Gasoline Stoves; Cake Pans; Cabinets; Cable Boxes; Clippers; Calcium Arsenate; Calf Halters; Cans, carbide, ash, cream, lard, milk, oil, sprinkling, syrup; Cartridge Belts; Casein Paint; Caster Dollies; Brief Cases; Cavesons; Ceiling Fixtrures; Cel-O-Glass; Celluloid Sheeting; Cement (a whole lot of cements!); Cess Pools; Chain; Chairs; Chamois; Cheese Cloth; Cherry Stoners; Chick Feeders; Electric Door Chimes; Chisels; Choppers; Cocktail Sets; Cloth; Clothes; Cleanout Augers; Clamps; Coal Heaters; Coasters; Cockeye Clips; Cocks; Collars; Combination Pliers; Colander Strainers; Combs; Communicating Door Lock Sets; Compasses; Concrete; Conduit Bending Tools; Silver Inlaid Glass Compotes; Cut-Off Blades; Cutlery; Cuspidors; Crosses; Cups; Crochet Files; Tennis Court Markers; Cotter Pins; Cow Bells; Crayons; Cyanogas Ant Killer; Cylindrical Grinder Grinding Wheels; Dog Choke Collars; Drills; Dowling Jigs; Shower Drains; Duck Belting; Drawer Knobs; Displays; Drainators; Drapery; Dry Cell Batteries; Egg Beaters; Feather Dusters; Hog Feeders; Fire Extinguishers; Floodlights; Forged Iron Items (lots of them); Flashlights; Carbide Flasks; Gloves; Gasoline Fire Pots; Garden Accessories; Galvanized Buckets; Hammers; Hack Saw Blades; Hatchets; Horse Blankets; Ice Picks; Ice Shavers; Extension Ladders; Mercury Lamps; Traffic Signal Lamps; Oil Lanterns;...and hundreds and hundreds more photographs, illustrations, descriptions, prices and loads more information!
If you ever get tired of reading this massive catalog, you can use it as a booster seat at the kitchen table! Yes, it's that thick!
ABOUT THE WORTHINGTON COMPANY: The founder, George Worthington, made his fortune selling tools to workers during the construction of the Erie and Ohio Canal. Worthington owned a total of 14 buildings in Cleveland's Warehouse District.
Actively involved in Cleveland's financial life, Worthington helped organize and served as president of the First National Bank of Cleveland, and as director of the Ohio Savings and Loan Bank and Hahneman Life. Besides his interest in financial matters, Worthington was involved in numerous iron (i.e. steel) manufacturing businesses.
Generating revenues in excess of $1 million annually (within only a few years of its founding in 1829), the George Worthington Co. constantly required relocation to even larger facilities. In 1882, the hardware wholesaler (turned industrial supply company) moved into its last building at 820 St. Clair Avenue. Designed by the Cleveland architectural firm of Cuddell and Richardson, The George Worthington Building is known as being a "highly decorative brick structure - notable for its unusually wide window bays grouped in two multi-story arched ranks, a brick cornice, recessed spandrels and finials." The George Worthington Building (along with its neighbor, the Gilcrest Building), having fallen into disrepair during the later half of the 20th century, were rehabilitated in 1996 into 53 modern loft apartments (on what is today "Worthington Square").
Worthington did much to build up the city, especially in the business portions, and at one point owned 14 buildings in what is today the "Historic Warehouse District." He did much toward converting the Village of Cleveland, as he found it, into the great city of today.
The George Worthington Company was once Cleveland's oldest company in existence under its original name and one of the country's leading hardware wholesalers and industrial distributors. The George Worthington Company filed for bankruptcy in 1986. [Research credited to Wikipedia.com and Flickr]
GENERAL NOTE / DISCLAIMER: Due to the catalogs' age, there may be some minor damage to some pages or the covers: Maybe small tears, stains, or soiling, corners of the pages bent, damage or separation along the spine, pencil or pen marks, etc.; however, this particular catalog has received a cursory inspection and found to be in very good condition.
SHIPPING INFO: This catalog has been bagged prior to being placed in the inventory. Due to its considerable size and weight, will be shipped inside of cardboard box to better protect it while in transit. It has been in great condition for many years - we want to make sure that's just how you receive it.
SHIPPING and HANDLING COST: There is no excessive "padding" with this item's S & H - it's big, thick and very heavy! It ships United Parcel Service, United States Parcel Post Mail -or- Media Mail to your United States address (our choice). It ships United States Priority Mail International to your foreign address. Foreign addresses will incur an additional $1.00 processing charge for completing the required United States customs forms required to ship this item internationally. International shipping is "pricey" due to the catalogs' considerable weight.
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DISCOUNTS: We're sorry, but due to this catalogs' quality and scarcity, no discounts are being extended to museums, libraries, or institutions of higher education wishing to acquire this publication for their collections.
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