Sunday, December 11, 2011

Indiana - Made Fishing Lures (Darby)

Here is a very neat wood lure made in Whiting, Indiana:
Antique Darby Fishing Lure (Whiting, Indiana)
This old Indiana lure was manufactured in the 1930s by T&M Dary or M.L. Darby.  The boxes are printed with T&M Darby, but the advertisements refer to M.L. Darby.  The hooks on this hoosier made lure rotate and can be "set" into 2 small holes in the body of the lure.  When a fish grabs the lure and pushes down on the 2 metal weed guards, a spring is activated, causing the hooks to spring out of the body (like a switch blade)!
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