Story of Scissors
Wiss Co. Publishes Book to
Mark Plant's 100th Year

J. Wiss & Sons Co, has published
a book, "The Story of Shears and
scissors," in commemoration of the
founding of the Newark scissors
plant 100 years ago.

The book is believed to be the
first published in the English language
concerned exclusively with
the history and development of
scissors and shears. Representing
considerable research, it contains
40 illustratios of two-bladed cutting
instruments, dating from the
third century B.C. to the present.

The history of the Wiss firm is
traced in the book from its founding
in 1847 by Jacob Wiss, a Swiss
cutler and gunsmith. The original
shop was in Bank street where the
Prudential Insurance Co. building
stands. Direct descendants of
Jacob Wiss still conduct the cutlery
plant in Littleton avenue and the
Wiss jewelry store in Broad street.

A plaque commemorating the
company's 100th anniversary will be
presented by employees today in
ceremonies at the Littleton avenue
plant.
    Story of Scissors newspaper clipping

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