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This is an example of a part of a traveling salesman's kit for the Threadwell Tap & Die Company in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It was used to show potential customers the company's tool line during World War (WWII). Because of the complex and ever-evolving nature of these special cutting tools, it was essential for sales people to maintain direct personal relationships with customers, so the company could better customize the tooling to specific customer needs. Shown here are a slide rule, an information booklet, a company catalog, and a box of tools. Greenfield residents served in the armed forces, helped maintain morale on the home front, and contributed a high percentage of industrial workers to the war effort.


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Partial sample of Saleman's Kit marketed by Threadwell Tap and Die Company

creator   Threadwell Tap and Die Company
date   c. 1950
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   steel
item type   Tools/Mechanical Tools & Equipment
accession #   #M.56

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"Threadwell In New Industrial Era After Decades of Varying Fortunes" article from Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

"Threadwell The Greenfield Plant That Is Making History In The Precision Tool Field!" ad from Greenfield Recorder-Gazette

Plant of the Threadwell Tap & Die Company

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