~Cap'n Bill's~

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Salesman Sample Case

Photo courtesy of Bob Becker

Bill Sherer manufactured lures from approx. 1939 to 1952. Sherer made poppers and swimmers in differant sizes and configurations. Cap'n Bill's lures also came with their famous "plastic finish coating", which added durability in the harsh saltwater environment. The lures and other items were sold through a catalog, distributed by:

 

 Oldtime Woodsman's Line

 Little Compton

 Rhode Island

 

  The company was sold and a new address appeared on the boxes:

 

 Cap'n Bill's

 P.O. Box 235

 Whitinsville, Mass.

 

  The company again moved and the new boxes read: 

 

 Cap'n Bill's

 Red Top Bait Co.

 Buzzards Bay, Mass. 

 

  During this time Cap'n Bill's lures were being sold exclusively at the

Red Top Bait & Tackle Shop on the canal. I have been told that 

Red Top Bait & Tackle, also had exclusive rights to sell other lures as well in their area, such as the Atom. But,this will require further investigation to know for sure. Cap'n Bill's lures disappeared from the scene sometime in the 1960's.

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Cap'n Bill's Swimmer,

Blue Chub No. One, Treble

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Cap'n Bill's Streamliner Special

No. Eight, Bucktail

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Cap'n Bill's Special No. Eight

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Cap'n Bill's Red Head & White, No. Three

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Cap'n Bill's Little Eel

No. Eleven, Spinner

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Cap'n Bill's Blue Chub

No. One, Bucktail, Treble

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This is a Howard Jet Plug box with Cap'n Bill's label pasted over the name. 

"Red Squid No. 3"

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Cap'n Bill's No. Twenty, Red Top

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Cap'n Bill's Special

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1948 Cap'n Bill's Catalog

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1948 Cap'n Bill's Catalog

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Cap'n Bill's Red Squid No. Nine

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1948 Cap'n Bill's Catalog

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1948 Cap'n Bill's Catalog

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