Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Vanished tool brands: Penncraft


Above, from a 19-inch extension for 1/2-inch drive sockets.  An opportunity to use such a long extension has not yet presented itself. Still, you never know when you might require such a thing, which is presumably why I bought it at some long-forgotten yard sale.

Penncraft was the brand name for tools offered by J.C. Penney, their competition for the Sears Craftsman and Montgomery-Ward Powr-Kraft lines. Apparently, the hand tools were actually made by a variety of firms, including the New Britain Tool Company, SK, Mac and possibly even Snap-On, while Penncraft planes were made originally by Sargent and later by Stanley.  Penncraft tools were only offered for a few decades, ending in the mid-1980's.  As J.C. Penney stores never operated in Canada, my tool must have been smuggled up here from the U.S. by some previous owner, possibly hidden uncomfortably in a body cavity.

Speaking of body cavities, in 1940, Sam Walton began working at a J. C. Penney in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1962, he founded Walmart. 

Source:  Garage Journal

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