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P.O. Box 245 Elnora, Indiana 47529

This is a picture of a forerunner of today’s ratchet. It was
manufactured by Snap-on Tools Company in the early 1920s. The
company was then Snap-on Wrench Company. They sent me a catalog
reprint of 1923, which has 12 flyer sheets, as they didn’t come
out with a regular catalog until later.

In the letter from them they told me, ‘This adapter is one
of only a very few unusual or collectible mechanic’s tools.
Approximately ten thousand were manufactured in the early 1920s,
and this was the first patent issued to Snap-on.’

I have had this ratchet at antique shows in southern Indiana and
there aren’t very many old timers who remember seeing one of
them.

This is a picture of a wheel rim puller that was used to change
tires on wheels that didn’t have drop center rims, used up
until the early 1920s.

I belong to the White River Valley Antique Association at
Elnora, Indiana, and we have a great show each year in
September.

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