The Chronological History of Penn Reels 1932-1957


For the first time, author Michael Cacioppo outlines a chronological history of Penn reels. From the very earliest prototype to the 25th anniversary, Cacioppo has left no stone unturned. This exhaustively researched book, the product of over fifteen years of research, is the most definitive history of Penn written. Perfect for collectors, historians, and anyone who ever loved a Penn reel, it has hundreds of color photos and reproduces numerous early company ephemera and advertisements.


One of the greatest success stories in the history of fishing tackle is the Penn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Co. of Philadelphia, Penn. Founded by Otto Henze in the teeth of the great depression, Henze revolutionized the field of saltwater angling, making the sport affordable for the working man by creating brilliantly simple and rugged fishing reels that would stand up to generations of use. Here, for the first time ever, Penn reel historian and collector Michael Cacioppo takes you through the history of Penn year by year, from its founding in 1932 through its 25th anniversary year of 1957.

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Weight 31 oz
Dimensions 15 × 12 × 1 in