Shears, Scissors, Manicure Implements, Pinking Shears. Price List effective November 30, 1950.
Shears, Scissors, Pinking Shears, & Manicure Implements. Price List effective January 4, 1954.
Price List for Shears, Scissors, Pinking and Skalloping Shears, Manicuring Implements. Effective February 26, 1958
This is also an illustrated catalog.
Metal Cutting Snips is a marketing folder with six sides. It covers how snips are made, the snips product line, information on the steel and specs, and selling suggestions for dealers, including who likes which. Printed January 1952. Also see slightly different January 1950 version.
Famous Wiss Metal-Cutting Snips For Every Purpose. A smaller version of the above. Also available in a JPG version.
Bostwick Cover Letter: October 15, 1954 went with the catalog and the price list in the next entry. Also included were three cut sheets on various displays for selling garden tools. (In section below.)
Wiss Garden Shears, October 1954. 16 page catalog on all garden tools. Includes August 1954 price list. Also in PDF. Form G.T.C.-40M-10-54. That is 40,000 copies printed.
Garden Tool Catalog Pages: September 1959
Includes cover letter, but not price list.
What you should know about Shears and Scissors. A small booklet with "what they should mean to you" and "a pair of scissors for every purpose," six pages explaining different types of scissors and shears, two pages of "your choice in the matter," a page on caring for your scissors, five pages on cutting hints, and two pages explaining the Wiss quality. 20 pages. 6" × 3-5/8". Printed September 1952. Form code: SS3-10/52-25M.
How to Prune for Better Flowers, Shrubs, Trees and Fruits. 42 pages. © 1957 J. Wiss & Sons Co., Newark, NJ. Printed February 1958. Form code: PG-25M-2/58.
How you can do it with Wiss Pinking Shears. 16 pages including covers. 10 pages of examples of what you can do or make with pinking shears. One page on the reasons for superiority. One page showing the Model C line of pinkers in three sizes. 5-1/4" × 8-1/4". Printed September 1952. Form code: PSB-9/52-25M. There is also a 1/53 version which I did not buy as it appears to be the same. There is also a 1954 version (PSB-11/54-25M), which is also the same as the 9/52 one.
Model E Pink-Rite Model E. A short-lived budget line. It appears to have sold very well. This model was 7 1/2" long. The only Model C at the time was 9 1/4" long. By the end of 1950 they decided to drop this model and to instead offer the Model C in two lengths. 400,000 copies of three instruction folders were printed. They are all identical. The March 1950 [PSE-3-50-250M] and the [PSE-8-50-100M] and the [PSE 11-50-50M]. When unfolded they measure 3" × 15".
Model C: One Length. February 1950 started off the vertical folded insert for the Model C pinking shears. Prior to this they included in the box an unfolded piece of paper and a tag. Unfolded this is 3" × 15". The front discusses using and the care of the shears. The back promotes other dressmaking shears and scissors. There were two printings of these: February 1950 [PSC-2-50-250M] and August 1950 [PSC-8-50-250M]. They are identical. Apparently they sold 250,000 pairs in six months.
Model C: One Length. This April 1951 [PSC-4-51-150M] insert, with the exception of the reversed colors on the cloth swatches, is identical to the prior insert. Note that this is dated after the first of the next insert style. Possibly they continued to use this one for the 9" version?
Model C: Two Lengths. The December 1950 version [PSC-12-50-250M] was a minor update to include the new 7-1/2" CB-7 and CC-7 shears. For less than a year prior to this a 7 1/2" was being sold as a Model E. The front still discusses using and the care of the shears, but now has a chart listing the two sizes and whether CB or CC. The back is identical to the prior ones. Unfolded it is 3" × 15". An October 1951 [PSC-10-51-250M] is known to exist.
Model C: Three Lengths. The August 1952 version [PSC-8/52-250M] was an expansion of the folder. It now included the 5-1/2" length of the Model C (CC-5 and CB-5). Hence the pictures of the now three different lengths were moved to the inside. The insert was kept in the vertical format and became 2-1/2" × 18" unfolded. Scanned is the identical [PSC-8/53-250M].
Models: C & B. This December 1953 version [PSCB-250M-12/53], was announcing the new Model B (with larger teeth). The folder became horizontal, grew to 12 panels on both front and back, and when open stretches to over 29". The front lists the various pinking models and discusses using and the care of the shears. The back promotes other dressmaking shears and scissors. A September 1954 [PSCB-250M-9/54] exists and is presumed to be identical, as I have a December 1955 [PSCB-250M-12/55] which is identical to the one pictured here.
Models: C, B, & AA. This April 1956 version was announcing the new larger Model AA. It was created to replace the large Model A that had been discontinued some years earlier. When unfolded the paper stretches to over 29" wide. It is 2-3/16" high. Each side still has 12 panels. I have two identical editions: April 1956 [PSCB-250M-4/56] and March 1957 [PSCB-150M-3/57]. This folder ends with the GS-115 gift set, which has larger shears than the GS-15 gift set promoted in the prior version of this folder.
This is basically a shrunken version of the pink 16 page "How you can do it with Wiss Pinking Shears" [Form PSB-9/52-25M] in the above section. A pattern order form was added. Opens to 12 pages and 15-3/4" wide. Folds to 2-5/8" × 4-3/4".
The September 1957 [PS1-250M-9/57]. This only highlights the three lengths of the Model C. It does mention the Model AA and the new skalloping shears. The Model B is dropped. It is the first instructions to have the 9" Model C with a 1/4" teeth spacing. Previously the 9" shared the 3/64" spacing that the 7" has. I have a [PSI-250M-4-59] which is identical to this one. A [PSI-250M-10-58] also exists and is assumed to also be the same.
[PS2-250M-4-60. Known to exist]. Skalloping shears now pictured and also listed on the front cover. It lists the SN-7, SC-7, and SN-9. Introduces left-handed CB-7LH and PS-77 straight handles. [PS2-250M-3-61. I have, but haven't scanned yet.]
[PS3-250M-4/62. I have, but haven't scanned yet.] The 5 1/2" CB-5 and CC-5 were dropped. The SN-9 scalloping shears was dropped. The SC-7 version of the scalloping shears is still listed.
[PS4-250M-3/63. I have, but haven't scanned yet.] PS-77 straight handled dropped. Left-handed CB-7LH still called new. The SC-7 version of the scalloping shears is dropped.
[PS5-250M-11/63. I have, but haven't scanned yet.] The only difference between this and the PS4 is the postal zone in the addresses was changed to a zip code.
A scalloped pinking shears was released in about the Fall of 1957.
Three known printings exist for the skalloping shears. A 3/58 one, a 3/59 one, and this 11/59 one: [SN-7-250M 11/59]. The 3/59 and 11/59 ones are identical and list both the SN-7 and the newer SN-9. Not known whether both shears are listed in the 3/58 edition. This separate folder was dropped in 1960 when the scalloping shears was merged into the PS2 folder [above].
Lobster Shears booklet. This four page folder was included with lobster shears. Printed March 1953, when the C4A flower shears was first promoted as a lobster shears.
Wiss Hair-Thinning Shears. A piece of paper printed on two sides. The front describes them, and the back has Directions for the Use of Hair-Thinning Shears. Printed May 1954. Inventory number: H.T.S.. In 300 DPI jpeg: Front and Back. A January 1953 one with the inventory number [H.T.S. 1-53-2500] also exists. And a January 1956 one: [H.T.S 1-56-10M]
Watch volume pick up with this popular new money-maker: FH-4 Flower Shears. This is an original FH-4 picture with a rivet. A few months after production started they switched to a Phillips screw. Lists dealer's cost. Printed September 1952. Inventory number: FH-4-EAST. [300 DPI jpeg]
Wiss Garden Shears... All Best Sellers!. Two-sided cut sheet showing hedge shears, grass shears, and pruning shears. No prices. Printed September 1952. Inventory number: GT. [300 DPI jpeg]
A new Wiss item that's sure to spark sales! House & Garden Kit. A fabric holder with transparent acetate pockets holds a prunings shears, FH-4, and kitchen shears. Has dealer cost and retail prices. Printed September 1952. Inventory number: HGK-EAST. [300 DPI jpeg]
Wiss offers these new income producers: Lopping Shear Assortment. The L-4-E contains one each of four different types of lopping shears. Has dealer cost and retail value. Printed October 1952. Inventory number: L4. [300 DPI jpeg]
Cut sheet and letter announcing the new AA Pinking shears
Dated April 24, 1956.
Cut sheet with shears and scissors descriptions: April 1957
Form: A6-40M 4/57
Cut sheet with descriptions for Manicure, Pedicure and Baby scissors: April 1957
Form: A7-40M 4/57
Announcing new Skalloping Shears
Circa Fall 1957
Pinking Shears Assortment
Circa Late 1950s. Two-sided cut sheet.
New Free Metal Counter or Wall Display in Four Beautiful Colors Featuring: Wiss Pinking Shears. The 3-4-1 assortment includes one each of four different pinking shears. Has dealer cost and retail prices. Printed March 1952. Inventory number: PD-1. [300 DPI jpeg]
Display, Stock Container and "Salesman" All-In-One! HD-100 The same as above, but is West version printed 4/52. Inventory number: HD-100-WEST. [300 DPI jpeg]
The finest display ever developed to sell hedge, grass, and pruning shears: New GT-53. The assortment includes 12 items plus free display. Has dealer cost and retail prices. Printed September 1952. Inventory number: GT53-EAST. [300 DPI jpeg]
GT-250: New Wiss Merchandiser for Garden Tools. September 1954.
Cut sheet with Countertop Displays The GT-12 for grass shears and the GT-55 with a variety of garden tools. August 1954.
Cut sheet with Countertop Displays: The HP-10 with 5 Pruners and the HP-3 for the 908 Pruner. October 1954.
Kitchen Shears new packaging and special display pack [April 1956]
Form: 1-KS 25M-4/56 East<
Shears and Scissors Mechandiser
Circa Late 1950s
SNIPS: A Staple Item that Should Sell Every Day, NRHA-Bulletin No.30 circa late 1950s. Four pages written by J Wiss for the National Retail Hardware Association. 8-1/2" × 11".
Shears and Scissors, NRHA-Bulletin No.31 circa late 1950s. Four pages written by J Wiss for the National Retail Hardware Association. 8-1/2" × 11".
This is four pages. Possibly cut from a larger catalog, but there are no page numbers. It covers pinking shears, shears, scissors, and manicure implements. No prices. Circa 1950.