Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sporting Classics -- Bristol Rods Gals

Circa 1900 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods poster

One of the things I admire most about the Horton Mfg. Co. and their early 20th century "Bristol Steel Fishing Rods" marketing efforts was their inclusion of ladies in their calendars, catalogs, postcards and posters.

Here are a few of my favorites...


1905 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art -- "The Start"


1907 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods catalog art -- "A Lucky Strike"


1909 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods postcard art by Oliver Kemp


1911 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art by Oliver Kemp


1913 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art by Oliver Kemp


1916 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art "Lucky Catch" by Philip R. Goodwin


1915 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods catalog cover girl by unknown artist


1917 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art "Waiting Out the Storm" by Philip R. Goodwin


1918 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art "Fishing at the Rapids" by Philip R. Goodwin


1918 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods calendar art "Fish On" by Philip R. Goodwin

In today's fishing tackle collectibles marketplace these advertising pieces fetch big money, but the good news is that some of the illustrations have been reproduced over the years.

3 comments:

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  3. Nice blog! The
    1915 Bristol Steel Fishing Rods catalog cover girl by unknown artist looks in the style of Harrison Fisher. Tight lines

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