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Friday, March 14, 2014

Scan of Marshalltown Trowel's 1945 Catalog

Marshalltown Trowel Co. numbers their catalogs, and at least some early ones do not have a date issued or copyrighted. The 2009 catalog is No. 115, so I subtracted 45 from 115 and concluded that No. 45 is 70 years old, 1939. According to a company employee, this id the 1945 issue. It is a small book, 5-7/16" x 8-5/16" (142 x 210 mm), printed on high quality coated paper. There is a good illustration on page 17 called "Comparative Patterns" showing outlines of 9 trowel patterns. Note that the brick trowels have an etching and not a stamp. I have not yet found a Marshalltown trowel with an etching.

Marshalltown Trowel Co. Catalog No. 45 

Marshalltown Catalog No. 45 (1939)

1 comment:

  1. Hi there! I work for Marshalltown Company and am pretty well versed on our history. I can confirm that (although your reasoning makes good sense) our Catalog No. 45 is actually from the year 1945. We used to number our catalogs corresponding with the year in which they were published, but we began using a sequential numbering pattern in more recent years. Hope that helps! Our most recent catalog features some fun historical photos and is available online at: .

    Much love to you and to our fans!!
    Marshalltown Company