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That's an incredible collection...don't know why, but it really makes a statement...some salesguy, way before the internet, would likely send those out to prospective tackle shops and chains and wholesalers. Different times back then...and a very cool display. It looks like some of the lips just melted away over time.

 

At the very least, that's something to document well with some really good pictures :) 

Show someone how to catch striped bass and they'll be ready to fish anywhere.
Show someone where to go striped bass fishing and you'll have a desperate report chaser with loose lips.

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On 6/2/2024 at 10:40 AM, vineyardblues said:

I have this vintage display case marked South Bend 

filled with old Finland lures.  
Any info would be great ,

thanks 

 

 

 

 

Very nice! These are South Bend Finn-Orenos, they were introduced somewhere around 1966 or '67 to compete with rapala. They are balsa. These can be kinda hard to find in decent shape, the lip usually disintegrates and belly paint tends to peel off. You have a real find there with so many good baits in one spot. TimS is probably right, most likely some sort of salesmans sample. My dad lived his later years only about 15 miles from South Otselic and would occasionally find some at local yard sales; he fished them in the otselic or tioughnioga river until they fell apart, the smallmouth and tiger muskies loved them along with the occsional brown trout. 

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1 hour ago, 1VW said:

Very nice! These are South Bend Finn-Orenos, they were introduced somewhere around 1966 or '67 to compete with rapala. They are balsa. These can be kinda hard to find in decent shape, the lip usually disintegrates and belly paint tends to peel off. You have a real find there with so many good baits in one spot. TimS is probably right, most likely some sort of salesmans sample. My dad lived his later years only about 15 miles from South Otselic and would occasionally find some at local yard sales; he fished them in the otselic or tioughnioga river until they fell apart, the smallmouth and tiger muskies loved them along with the occsional brown trout. 

Bingo 

thanks so much !

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