J. Wiss & Sons Co.
Collection of pictures of mementos and ephemera.


J-Wiss-Cutler-26-Bank-St thumbnail J Wiss Cutler, 26 Bank St. An albumen print of Jacob Wiss in front of his shop. He lived upstairs. Alongside of Jacob (born 1817) is Frederick C.J. Wiss (born 1858). Jacob's wife Maria (born 1827) and older daughter Mary (born 1855) are in upstairs windows. Louis T. Wiss (born 1860) and the younger daughter Augusta (born 1867) are in the entrance to upstairs. Circa 1870-71. 10-1/4" × 14". This is in my collection. Also in full-size.

FCJWiss Show Pass thumbnail Frederick C.J. Wiss Exhibitor's Pass to the 1876 International Exposition in Philadelphia. It has his picture. He was 18 years old at the time. He attended for five days in November.

Wiss Christmas Card thumbnail An 1888 Christmas card. When the factory moved up the hill in 1887, the retail store stayed behind at 26 Bank Street. Then in 1888 Prudential Insurance bought the Bank Street corner and the store moved to 755 Broad Street.

Jewelry Store Moving Card thumbnail Jewelry Store Moving Card. A card announcing the move to the new and commodious salesrooms of J. Wiss & Sons at 683 Broad St, Newark, NJ. A sidebar inside notes that they carry: Silverware in Sterling and Plate, Watches, Clocks, Clock Sets, Diamonds and Diamond Jewelry, Opera and Field Glasses, Leather Wares." On the inside there are pictures of the items they carry, and in a side bar: Increased Selling Space, Greater Varieties, Improved Displays. It has been stamped Rec'd JUN 5-1903. Opens to 4" × 9-7/8". Original 300 DPI jpgs: outside and inside.

Wiss Picnic 1916 pin thumbnail Wiss Picnic, 1916 pin. Picture is of Frederick C.J. Wiss. 1916 was the 250th anniversary of the founding of Newark. The Wiss family was involved in the ceremony.

1948 Centennial

100th Anniversary Celebration thumbnail 100th Anniversary Celebration Program from the celebration dinner on September 18, 1948 at the Mosque Terrace Room, Broad St, Newark, NJ. Includes list of employees with over 25 years of service. This is the Terrace Ballroom in the Mosque Theater, which is now known as Newark Symphony Hall. The Terrace Ballroom is still used for receptions.

100thAnniversaryCelebrationPhoto thumbnail 100th Anniversary Celebration Photo of the head table. Taken at the celebration dinner on September 18, 1948.

matches thumbnail Matches from 1948.


low-ball glasses thumbnail Low-Ball cocktail glasses from the late 1950s. The bottom edge has scalloping, and scalloping shears did not come out until 1957. They were given to stockholders and clients.

high-ball glasse thumbnail High-Ball cocktail glass from the late 1950s. Same story as prior entry.

Tie Clasps

tie-clip1 thumbnail Pinking shear tie clasp.

tie-clip3 thumbnail Scissor tie clasp. 1 3/4" long. Also in full-size.

tie-clip4 thumbnail Scissor tie clasp. 1 3/4" long. Also in full-size: front and back.

tie-clip2 thumbnail Scissor tie clasp, made by Swank. 1 3/4" long. This is a newer version with a spring and alligator clip back. This is the one that will appear on eBay once or twice a year.

Jewelry Store items

compact thumbnail Compact Case with Map of Newark Area. Retailed by Wiss & Sons jewelry store. Made by Wadsworth. The cover map highlights the locations of the three Wiss jewelry stores: Newark, East Orange, and Montclair. Circa 1950s. Their fourth store opened in the Short Hills Mall when it opened in the early 1960s. Also in full-size: Outside and Inside.

KeyChainLostTag thumbnail Key Chain Lost Tag. The Wiss jewelry store issued these key chain tags to customers. If the keys were lost they could be put in any mailbox and the store would contact the person. The zone in the store address of 665 Broad St, Newark 2, NJ dates it as being from 1943-1963.

Label on Silver Box thumbnail Label on back of Silver Box. Has J. Wiss & Sons with an address of 683 Broad St, Newark, NJ. This would be from 1903-1910.

Marketing Ephemera

electro thumbnail My Collection of Electrotype Letterpress Blocks of Wiss shears and scissors. I have now collected 20 blocks.

RazorPin thumbnail Razor Pin. A promotional label pin with the slogan: Wiss Razor: For A Smooth Shave.

PayrollCashPouch thumbnail Payroll Cash Pouch

paper-pouch thumbnail Cash Pouch. Presumably for payroll. Circa 1918, from 70 year reputation.

HolgateBusinessCard thumbnail Holgate Business Card. From the 1950s. It was stapled to some dealer sales literature. Not a true business card. It lacks contact information. Also in 300 DPI.

M1-AdvertisingPlaque thumbnail M1 Advertising Plaque. A wooden plaque with a raised Metalmaster tin snips. Purpose unknown. On the back is a 1981 date. This would be from after J Wiss & Sons.

Included With Shears/Knives

paper sleeve thumbnail Paper Sleeves Over The Years. This started with scans of the sleeves in my collection. There are many variations yet to be obtained.

decal thumbnail A Decal strip. A strip of 10 water slide decalcomanias with the Wiss logo. Not a memento, but a part used in the production of an item. I have seen it on a Model 700 grass clippers. Don Wiss picked it up when he worked there for a couple Summers in the late 1960s.

Wiss-wrench thumbnail Wiss wrench. I stumbled upon this picture in 2003. It made no sense. I saved the picture. I've now found in the 1925 through 1937 catalogs that shears fitted with the Wiss “Facile” Screw-Bolt had a small wrench furnished free to adjust the tension. This must be one of them. This bolt was discontinued by 1941 and in 1916 the bolt existed, but the wrench was not offered. See 1934 catalog: page 14.

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