J. Wiss & Sons Co.
Trade Catalogs, Price Lists and Cut Sheets from 1972-1976

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

SS-73/74 thumbnail   Shears And Scissors, Pinking & Skalloping Shears, Sewing Sets, Personal Grooming Implements And Gift Ideas
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
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
S-74 thumbnail A-861 thumbnail Snips
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
GNS-75/76 thumbnail A-940 thumbnail Garden Shears
Catalog No. GNS-75/76 with A-940 Price List
8 pages plus 4 price pages. Printed 1975 with July 1, 1975 prices.
There is also a very similar Catalog No. GNS-74/75 from 1974.
Also in PDFs: catalog pages and price list
GS-73 thumbnail A-824 thumbnail Scissor Sets, Ladies' Manicure Sets, Men's Grooming Sets, And Gift Ideas
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
B72/73 thumbnail B-954 thumbnail Boker Tree Brand: Pocket And Hunting Knives
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

Cut Sheets

A-733R thumbnail Hold And Cut Polyester Shears
Stock No. 6428. Catalog Page No. A-733R. Printed October 1974.
Also in 640×832 JPEG and 300 d.p.i. JPEG (3.0MB).
A-737R thumbnail Wiss introduces... The Hot One: Shears For Heavy Fabrics
Stock No. 729. Catalog Page No. A-737R. Printed October 1974.
Also in 640×840 JPEG and 300 d.p.i. JPEG (2.0MB).
A-619R thumbnail Metal Wizz Utility Snips
Stock No. MPC-3. Catalog Page No. A-619R. Printed October 1974.
Also in 640×840 JPEG and 300 d.p.i. JPEG (3.7MB).
A-920R thumbnail 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 640×853 JPEG and 300 d.p.i. JPEG (7.5MB).
A-860R thumbnail 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 640×840 JPEG and 300 d.p.i. JPEG (2.9MB).

Inserts (Included with Shears and Knives)

Boker Instructions thumbnail A Boker Tree Brand Knife Instructions. J Wiss bought Boker in 1969-1970 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. Available in PDF or 300 d.p.i. JPEG. 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.
Wiss flyer 1970 thumbnail Wiss flyer 1970

Consumer Material

Good Housekeeping May 1976 thumbnail May 1976 Good Housekeeping ad
Announcing that Contura-lite Shears are now in tortoise-shell.
Also in 640×832 JPEG and 300 d.p.i. JPEG (4.19MB)/a>.
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 Jpegs
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.

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