Shakespeare Lures and the Shakespeare lure company got its start in the 1890’s. Its first patent in 1987 was a patent for a level wind reel and not a lure. William Shakespeare Jr. was the son of a banker, who’s schooling was more rooted in finance than fishing tackle. In 1905 they acquired the rights to the Rhodes patents, which included the uncles Famous Perfect Casting minnow and his access to the Mechanical frog lure.
The early pre-teens Shakespeare lure catalogs contained very few lures a less than a dozen at most. The company would like other use different materials to make the lures. The Shakespeare Revolution, and Floating Spinner lure line would be made of metal, the Rhodes Frog, Weedless Frog Lure, and Evolution using rubber. With the Under water Minnows, Kazoo and Surface wonder being made of wood. A lot of the earliest Shakespeare lures are found in a black picture box made specifically for that Shakespeare lure.
The Teens would be predominately covered with different shapes and sizes of underwater or floating wooden minnow Shakespeare lures. They would too, supply the jobber market with their unmarked lures and or boxes to be marketed under different names other than their own. In the 20’s and 30’s we would see a refresh and expansion of the lure line up and like Pflueger concentrate more heavily on its Shakespeare Reel line up. Some of the new lures added would be a cheaper line up of its own in the Jim Dandy series and lure s like the Mouse, Kazoo, Wobbler, Tantalizer, and 7-11 Plopper Shakespeare Lures. Those years as with the other antique lure manufactures, see the end of the glass eyed lure era. With the emergence of plastics into the industry and as companies cut cost and faced product shortages and loss of revenue due to outside factors such as the great depression.
The 40s would see more of the same drastic changes up until the 50’s. The Shakespeare lure Company was purchased by the Creek Chub Bait Company in 1952. This would then end its American made production and later all lures would come from outside the United States. Over the next 30 years the great American Fishing Tackle industry would fall prey to itself and in keeping up with the times you will see a great consolidation of all the major players.
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Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team Many people are not aware of a Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team and a Antique Fishing Lure company relationship. Well its true, there is a tie in between Americas Favorite [...]
Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure is a series model number 6535. The antique fishing lure is Circa late 1930s to 1940 for a time frame. The Kingfish Wobbler minnow is 5" [...]
Rhodes Mechanical Frog The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn't like just the [...]
Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure The Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure is one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures. This lure is very similar to the Heddon 175 Heavy Casting Minnow lure. The lure is [...]
Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930's or early 1940's. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled [...]
Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow The Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow lure was first introduced around 1934. The antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan was given a model series number 6510. [...]
Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906 This Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906 was taken from "The Evening Star" newspaper and shows us the New addition of the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog to its Artificial bait arsenal. The [...]
Shakespeare Sure Lure The Shakespeare Sure Lure was one of the companies first and primary baits. The Sure lure was introduced in 1902. This antique fishing lure was comprised of a molded rubber composite. The [...]
Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring This Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring is a great example of one of those add on pieces we can all add to our collection. The fringe pieces that say have [...]
Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure This Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1934. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They assigned it a model series number 6540. [...]
Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1924. This model 972 made by the Shakespeare Bait Company, of Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 5" in length. This antique spinning [...]
Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown [...]
Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot lure is quite a beauty. I did a post prior on the earliest version of Worden Bucktail Spinner lures, however I thought Id add this asa [...]
Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a series number [...]
Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure The Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure was introduced around the mid 00's. The lure appears in the 1907 Shakespeare Antique Fishing Lure catalog. The lure was given a series number 33 as [...]
Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure The Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure is part of the foundation of the antique fishing lure company. This lure was available in 1902 and was advertised in the early Shakespeare of Kalamazoo [...]
Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure was introduced around 1930. This antique fishing lure was Shakespeare's lower end line up which was labeled under the Jim Dandy name. [...]
Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure The Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1940. The lure was very short lived, and from what I can see never was actually in the Shakespeare Reel [...]
Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure The Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company From Kalamazoo, Michigan assigned it, Model series number 6638. This antique fishing lure is wooden, only ever [...]
Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure The Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure was introduced in the antique lure catalogs in 1928. This lure made by the Shakespeare bait company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a model series number 133. [...]
Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad Here's is Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad from 1907. These ads were for the Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow, an economy minnow for their line up. Very similar to fellow lure make [...]
Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure The Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan gave this lure the model series number 6509. This wooden fishing fishing lure measures [...]
Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure The Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure was first advertised in 1908. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan model series number 41. This wooden glass eyed antique lure measures 3 1/4" inches [...]
Shakespeare Mermaid Lure The Shakespeare Mermaid Lure was first introduced around 1915. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo series numbers 582 and 583. This wooden, no eyed fishing lure however did not start its life [...]
Shakespeare Evolution Lure The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare's earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length [...]