This catalog is not dated, but looking at the cars I would guess late 1920s or 30s.
I suppose this was what you would call state of the art for its day.
On page 2 the Ozark Target Bow has screw on tips and a padded leather handle.
Page 4 states the matched tapered arrows are made from the same board and the feathers, which are straight fletched, are mechanically fletched. What exactly is mechanical fletching? Does making all the arrows from the same board really make a difference?
On page 5 they claim your arrows are machine tested at 45 yards and the pattern is sent with your order. I wonder if any other manufacturer did that?
The page 8 Archery Material Kit includes a handle guimp. What the heck is a guimp? Never saw that word before. Turns out one definition is a piece of cloth or material.
That was fun. And who knows... Maybe in another 100 years, it will be an archery shop again 😎
Deno can find anything !
Looks like it was built in 1900. Obviously, it was well built. Wonder who the occupants were before the archery shop? How long did Osage Archery Tackle occupy the building? If only the walls could talk.
The current owners are a martial arts dojo and an art gallery/dealer run by a husband and wife, respectively.
When you think about it, there aren't any places like Osage Archery today. The closest you can get is a brick and mortar archery shop if you're lucky enough to have one in your area. Since many archers don't have one nearby, they do all their purchasing online. Nothing beats the hands on, in person shopping experience.
There was one archery shop in Costa Mesa, CA that I used to frequent in the 1970s and 80s. It was Arrow Manufacturing. Sure do miss being able to see all the goodies they offered. Great people, too. I wonder if it would still be here if the owner's son didn't turn it into a dart emporium. They retired and he took over, but apparently didn't last long. I went there one day and an antique dealer was moving in. Now, the closest thing is a Turner's Outdoorsman that installed an archery shop and indoor range. They did that with a few stores. Close, but not the same.
Where's Mr. Peabody and Sherman and the Wayback Machine?
Deno, you would make Sam Spade and Charlie Chan proud.
Deno, great job of researching!
Mechanical Fletching - Applying fletching with the aid of a jig like the bitzenburger jig instead of with pins and by eye.
Guimp - woven cord. Can be used to wrap a bow grip
I saw an add for this company in the Silvan Archer Magazine, so it was around way back in the day. The building looks substantial, I wonder what occupies it today?
If I had $300 and a time-machine to take me back to when the brochure was published, I sure would have a swell time with that catalog!
That's why they were out of guimps! You bought them all. That wasn't very nice.
I was carrying all of Fred's stuff for Summer Camp. 😃 I only bought a new Guimp.
Fred, I had an opportunity to visit the store in person when I was about 18. I swear I saw you and Deno coming out while I was going in.
These old catalogs are a lot of fun to look at. This one was well before my time, but it does remind me of the Herter's catalog some years back.
Neat old catalog, Ugly. Were you a teenager or a bit older when they sent it to you? Did you buy anything from them?
Cool old stuff!!!
Great read Ira. They sold everything an archer might need.
One catalog sold on Ebay in May . listed as c1932