J. Wiss & Sons Co. 1848-1976
Trade Catalogs, Price Lists and Cut Sheets from 1970-1976

This is a very complete collection of the product line as of the end of Wiss family ownership in 1976.

Table of Contents:

Catalogs

General

SS-73/74 thumbnail Shears And Scissors, Pinking & Skalloping Shears, Sewing Sets, Personal Grooming Implements And Gift Ideas [1973]
Catalog No. SS-73/74
16 pages. Printed June 1973.
Also in PDF.

SS-74R thumbnail A-868 thumbnail Shears And Scissors, Pinking & Skalloping Shears, Sewing Sets, Personal Grooming Implements And Gift Ideas [1975]
Catalog No. SS-74R with A-868 Price List
16 pages plus 2 price pages. Printed February 1975 with November 1975 prices.
This is similar to the prior catalog. See changes.
Also in PDFs: catalog pages and price list

Tin Snips

S-74 thumbnail A-861 thumbnail Snips [1974]
Catalog No. S-74 with A-861 Price List
8 pages plus 4 price pages. Printed October 1974 with October 28, 1974 prices.
There is also a very similar Catalog No. S-73-74 from October 1973.
Also in PDFs: catalog pages and price list

Garden

GNS-74/75 thumbnail A-812 thumbnail Garden Shears [1974]
Catalog No. GNS-74/75 with A-812 Price List
8 pages plus 4 price pages. Printed 1974 with May 15, 1974 prices.
Also in PDF

GNS-75/76 thumbnail A-940 thumbnail Garden Shears [1975]
Catalog No. GNS-75/76 with A-940 Price List
8 pages plus 4 price pages. Printed 1975 with July 1, 1975 prices.
Also in PDFs: catalog pages and price list

Gift Sets

GS-73 thumbnail A-824 thumbnail Scissor Sets, Ladies' Manicure Sets, Men's Grooming Sets, And Gift Ideas [1973]
Catalog No. GS-73 with A-824 Price List
8 pages plus a price page. Printed February 1973 with May 1, 1974 prices.
Also in PDFs: catalog pages and price list

Boker Knives

B72/73 thumbnail B-954 thumbnail Boker Tree Brand: Pocket And Hunting Knives [1972]
Catalog No. B72/73 with A-954 Price List
12 pages plus 6 price pages. Printed May 1972 with July 1, 1975 prices.
Also in PDFs: catalog pages and price list

B-76 thumbnail Boker Tree Brand: Pocket And Hunting Knives [1976]
Catalog No. B-76. Marked B1004 8/77 on the back. But this date is past the sale.
12 pages.
Knife models pictured are different from the prior catalog.
Also in PDF


Cut Sheets

A-733R Hold And Cut Polyester Shears
Stock No. 6428. Catalog Page No. A-733R. Printed October 1974.
Also in PDF

A-737R Wiss introduces... The Hot One: Shears For Heavy Fabrics
Stock No. 729. Catalog Page No. A-737R. Printed October 1974.
Also in PDF

A-619R Metal Wizz Utility Snips
Stock No. MPC-3. Catalog Page No. A-619R. Printed October 1974.
Also in PDF

A-920R Contura-lite 7" #3727 Mini Dressmakers' Shears
Stock Nos. 3727, 3728, 3729, 3778. Catalog Page No. A-920R. Printed May 1975.
The Contura-Lite line was Wiss's higher end response to Fiskars.
Also in PDF

A-860R Introducing... The American Challenger: Keen Edge Shears by Wiss
Stock No. 1128. Catalog Page No. A-860R. Printed October 1975.
This was Wiss's response to the Fiskars invasion.
Also in PDF

GH-1976-05 May 1976 Good Housekeeping ad
Announcing that Contura-lite Shears are now in tortoise-shell.
Also in PDF


Inserts (Included with Shears and Knives)

Boker Instructions thumbnail A Boker Tree Brand Knife Instructions. J Wiss bought Boker in March 1970 and owned it until it was sold along with the company in 1976. Dated November 1972. This most often appears on eBay with the 1973 Boker-Wiss Commemorative Pocket Knife (current auctions and completed auctions). The style is the Model 8313 Whittler. Also in PDF. After the purchase Cooper came out with these 1976 Instructions that excluded the Boker name. Apparently they initially didn't think the Boker name was worth keeping. They later changed their mind.


Consumer Handouts

Wiss flyer 1970 thumbnail First with Discriminating Homemakers since 1848 flyer. Covers dressmakers' shears and pinking shears. Has information on proper care of your shears and repair. Dated May 1970. Form A-410.

A-543 thumbnail Wiss, a wardrobe of shears and scissors that will take you along the road to creative fashion
Form A-543, 4 pages. Shows suggested uses for a variety of shears and scissors. Printed May 1972. Also in PDF.

The Edge of Excellence thumbnail Wiss: The Edge of Excellence since 1848 is the 125th anniversary publication for 1973. 24 pages. 8-1/2" × 11". Also in PDF.

How-To-Make thumbnail How to Make the American Flag: A Bicentennial Project 25¢ ©1975
Four pages explaining how to cut and sew a 3x5 foot display American flag. Also in PDF


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