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Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« on: January 17, 2011, 04:42:13 PM »
I only have 2 catalogs but I'm scanning the ones I have. I managed to get the entire 2010-2011 catalog scanned. I just need to get another catalog because I tried using the auto feed on my scanner and one of the pages tore up. I need to scan both sides of that page. I've also gotten 68 out of 116 pages of the 1970 catalog scanned. Once I get the rest scanned, I'll have to go through and crop each page.

Where can I upload the files to so everyone can get them?


1933 Craftsman Power Tools

1934 Craftsman Power Tools

1935 Craftsman Power Tools

1936 Craftsman Power Tools

1937 Craftsman Power Tools

1938 Craftsman Power Tools

1939 Craftsman Power Tools

1939 Craftsman Tools

1948 Craftsman Power Tools

1948 Craftsman Tools

1949 Craftsman Mechanics Tools

1949 Craftsman Power Tools

1957 Craftsman Power Tools

Craftsman 1970

Craftsman 2010-2011
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 05:31:09 AM »
I will have the 1970 catalog ready Tuesday afternoon. I still need some place to put it so everyone can download it. The resolution is MUCH better that the PDF's from the Rose web site. I've got the 1966 and '89 - '95 catalogs on the way. The 2010/11 catalog is scanned and ready for editing. If anyone has a version of Adobe that lets you edit PDF files and is willing to help, please let me know.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011, 08:54:35 AM »
Surely someone can host these catalogues?! A most worthy cause!

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011, 11:38:08 AM »
Rusty is always the go to guy for questions like this. I would be lost without him.  shrugx
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011, 02:30:08 PM »
Open up a free account on Mediafire --  www.mediafire.com

You can host large volumes of data on that site. I have a lot of my documents sitting out there as well.

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2011, 05:00:24 PM »
Thanks GF. I think I'll do that. Gonna try to do the last of the editing on the 1970 catalog before I have to get some sleep. I got the 1966 catalog in today. I'll scan that in the next couple of days.

Does ANYONE have a full version of Adobe? The only editing that has to be done is to crop each page and some pages need to be rotated 180 degrees. My schedule is erratic and I'm trying to replace the head gasket on my wife car. If anyone can help, please let me know.


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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011, 05:06:18 PM »
Matt,

You are aware the 1966 catalogue is already available, right? Are you just planning a higher resolution version?

I have a full version of Adobe. I'd be happy to help out on an "as time permits" basis.

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011, 07:29:12 PM »
I`m interested in the early 70s catalog as thats when I bought alot of my Cman tools. thumbsup2
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2011, 12:16:06 AM »
Matt,

You are aware the 1966 catalogue is already available, right? Are you just planning a higher resolution version?

I have a full version of Adobe. I'd be happy to help out on an "as time permits" basis.

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Yes, the scans I have are much higher resolution. The scans from Rose's are poor and you can't read the numbers in most of the item descriptions.

This is the cover at "fit to page"




This is one of the pages at 200%

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2011, 05:44:35 AM »
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2011, 10:35:44 PM »
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how large are the files, and are you setting them up as pdf.  Get back to me or pm me, I may be able to help you out.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2011, 12:44:54 AM »
As you know, high resolution means a bigger file. The 1970 catalog is 115 pages and 155 mb. The largets catalog from Roses is less than 15 mb. I'm sure everyone will be please with the resolution. The file is in PDF format. I tried to ZIP the file but it didn't reduce it much. I've got it uploading now. As soon as it's ready, I'll post the DL link.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2011, 01:18:22 AM »
Here it is.

Craftsman 1970

The nice thing about Scribd is that you don't have to DL that huge file to see the catalog. You can DL if you wish but not required.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2011, 01:31:53 AM »
Sweet! Downloading right now...

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2011, 09:59:54 AM »
Good job! I like scribd.com for this kind of work.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2011, 10:37:51 AM »
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Just downloaded it.  Looks great.  Thanks for gettin er done.  Let us know when you have others ready to go.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2011, 02:28:38 PM »
All I can say is "Thank you!!"  -- great job.

Did you notice the prices though? Tools were VERY expensive back in those days. If you do the inflation calculations, most of those tools were in the stratosphere when compared to today. Even when considering current prices of American made items from places like Harry Epstein, the Sears tools were still expensive.

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2011, 03:24:10 PM »
Scribd would have been my recommendation as well. I like the way their software lets you browse the items online.

One suggestion, if you would start a thread in the reference area and place all of the links in it. It would make it easier for people to find it.

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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2011, 04:34:20 PM »
True the Rose scans have frustrated me more then they helped me.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2011, 03:19:50 PM »
I just got in the 1989 through 1995 catalogs. I will be BUSY.
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Re: Scanning Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2011, 12:32:27 AM »
I added the DL link to the 1st post so no one has to search the thread for it. I'll add additional links there too.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2011, 03:15:52 AM »
I made the corrections to the 1970 catalog and uploaded the revision. Due to the way I exported the file, the current file is about half the size it originally was. The resolution is the same.

I've also finished the editing on the 2010-2011 catalog. I added the DL link to the original message also.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2011, 06:37:53 AM »
Looking through the 1970s catalog brought a small tear to my eye as I could just imagine my dad, Lord rest his soul, wearing down the pages dreaming about purchasing many of the tools I own today.  When I found the 5-drawer rolling tool chest, that still sits in my garage today on pg 104 listing for $87.99, I just knew he sweated over dropping that much coin on a box as I am doing some 35+ yrs later.  At that point I had to close the window before I totally lost it.

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2011, 12:09:03 AM »
I'm gonna try to get back to the scans soon. Here are the catalogs I have.

1952
1966
1969
1970 (already scanned)
1972/73
1974/75

These next ones have a "Prices Good Thru" date on them. These are the dates.

1-3-89
9-1-90
9-1-91
8-31-93

The rest appear to be Fall/Winter tool catalogs.

1994/95
1995/96
2007/08
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11 (already scanned)


Is there any particular catalog anyone would like to see next or should I just pick one? The next logical one would be the 1969 catalog. It's not available anywhere in a PDF.

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2011, 08:16:53 AM »
Is there any particular catalog anyone would like to see next or should I just pick one? The next logical one would be the 1969 catalog. It's not available anywhere in a PDF.

Yes, 1969 or 1974/75 as the other early ones are at least available in low-res...

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« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2011, 11:26:23 AM »
Ditto!! There was a big transition in OEM's and styling within those years and these two catalog years would show the contrasts very well.

Is there any particular catalog anyone would like to see next or should I just pick one? The next logical one would be the 1969 catalog. It's not available anywhere in a PDF.

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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2011, 12:09:31 PM »
Does anyone have a full version of Adobe Acrobat that would be willing to help with editing? I can scan a catalog in an hour or so but it's the cropping and page aligning that takes so much time.
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« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2011, 12:43:59 PM »
Does anyone have a full version of Adobe Acrobat that would be willing to help with editing?

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2011, 10:59:03 AM »
Looking through the 1970s catalog brought a small tear to my eye as I could just imagine my dad, Lord rest his soul, wearing down the pages dreaming about purchasing many of the tools I own today.  When I found the 5-drawer rolling tool chest, that still sits in my garage today on pg 104 listing for $87.99, I just knew he sweated over dropping that much coin on a box as I am doing some 35+ yrs later.  At that point I had to close the window before I totally lost it.

Thank you sir for taking the time to make this catalog so readily available to all of us.  Your efforts are appreciated more than you'll ever know. beerdude

What you said is awesome Joe. It never really occurred to me before. Then again my Dad didn't have a lot to do with hand tools (social worker). We were more at odds in that manner. But GREAT thoughts.

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« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2011, 11:22:05 AM »
I'm gonna try to get back to the scans soon. Here are the catalogs I have.

. . . Is there any particular catalog anyone would like to see next or should I just pick one? The next logical one would be the 1969 catalog. It's not available anywhere in a PDF.

Thanks for the effort but that Scrbd service won't allow a download without paying $9 a month or uploading a document in return. Sure would like to get a pdf of those catalogs. I also noticed the file size was huge at around 89MB but thanks again for your efforts.  th-smile

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2011, 04:06:03 PM »
You must be doing something wrong. You don't have to pay or upload to download the file. You can also view the file online without downloading it.

The file is large because it's in extremely high resolution.
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« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2011, 05:23:47 PM »
They have a new business model. To download, you must either upload something, or you must pay to download. What a rip off. This is a classic move by a company that will soon be out of business

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« Reply #32 on: July 16, 2011, 07:56:49 PM »
Strange. The Scribd acct is my wife's and I can download from my computer without logging in. If I have to, I'll find another place to put the files.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2011, 09:18:28 AM »
You must be doing something wrong.  . . .
The file is large because it's in extremely high resolution.

Nope, not doing anything wrong. It is a waste of file size to have a resolution higher than 150 pixels per inch because MOST computer screen resolutions are 72 pixels per inch. Mine is a little higher at 150. The reason is so you don't have to wait forever for it to down load, and it never looks any better on a screen with a lower resolution.

Higher graphic resolutions are intended for print media, not the Internet.

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« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2011, 10:14:45 AM »
^^ Just a follow up, the same thing goes for the photos uploaded here in the forums. Anything larger than "web graphics" is wasted and tends to fill up this website's space needlessly. People often set their cameras to the default huge size that is really intended to print photos, not upload on websites.

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« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2011, 10:27:06 AM »
You're replying to a mix of two separate comments. When I read you must be doing something wrong, I was referring to the issue of downloading. I'm able to download from a system that's newer logged into that Scribd acct. Everyone else should have the same access.

I uploaded the files at the size my system created them. When I get home, I'll see what I can do to reduce the file size.

Additionally, the way your comment comes across to me is that you're saying "thanks but you wasted your time." If you're having trouble getting the files or there's an issue that makes it undesirable to access them, I'll try to fix it. If you're just gonna be critical, you're wasting YOUR time because I don't give a rats ass if you like it or not.

When I get home, I'll adjust the file size and find another site to host the files so everyone can get full access and usability of the files.
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« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2011, 10:36:25 AM »
Sorry, that isn't what I intended at all. I do appreciate your efforts.

I am a little wary of telling people about the screen resolution thing after being on the Internet since 1994. And I make my living from creating websites that are designed to be downloaded easily.

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« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2011, 10:44:38 AM »
I'll get the file size reduced. If you know of some place that can host the files without limitations, let me know.
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« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2011, 10:46:36 AM »
I'll get the file size reduced. If you know of some place that can host the files without limitations, let me know.

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2011, 11:28:39 AM »
Do you have a PDF editor that would let you reduce the file size so we wouldn't have to wait until I get home?

My only concern is that any time I get a catalog scanned, I'd have to send you the file then you'd have to send me the link so I could add it to the original post.
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This is the pop-up that you get when you try to download the PDF


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« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2011, 11:45:02 AM »
This is the pop-up that you get when you try to download the PDF

Yup, that's what I got as well.  th-smile

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« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2011, 02:48:54 PM »
Apparently I WAS logged in. I'll find a temporary host until I can reduce the file size.

Oh, I'll have a lot of old catalogs soon. Although I don't think Dave has a valid claim of copyright to his scans of the old Craftsman catalogs, I won't be uploading his pdf files. I'll be making my own scans.
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« Reply #43 on: July 17, 2011, 09:19:35 PM »
I haven't seen that on my Scribd account, but i haven't uploaded in a while.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #44 on: July 17, 2011, 10:01:00 PM »
Papaw, try downloading one of the catalogs and see what happens.
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« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2011, 10:35:51 PM »
I see. I guess I better get to uploading some stuff then.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2011, 11:30:53 PM »
Seems to me a trash file would fulfill the upload requirement. Copy a page from Wikipedia and paste it into MSWord.
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« Reply #47 on: July 31, 2011, 08:40:55 PM »
I just checked the scan of the 1970 catalog and it's 200 pixel's per inch. I reduced it to 72 pixel's per inch and the file size dropped less that 500 kb. Plus, at 72 DPI, it's quite grainy at full size. I'll have to play with it a bit more.
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« Reply #48 on: July 31, 2011, 08:44:32 PM »
I wasted a lot of time trying and Scribd dropped three of the pages, and transfered the rest to cut off the bottom and top of each.
I signed up on Mediafire and all seemed good until the end and the same three files are gone. I think the file size is too large.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #49 on: July 31, 2011, 08:56:42 PM »
I'm gonna see what I can do to reduce the file size while keeping the resolution high enough to keep the image clear at full size. It might take a while to figure it out though.
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« Reply #50 on: July 31, 2011, 09:15:50 PM »
I rescanned the first page. I found the setting that will let me scan at 100 dpi. The file size was reduced to 1/4 of what it is at 200 dpi. It's not as clear as I'd like. I scanned it as a color document. I might be able to get a higher resolution with a smaller file size if I scan it in gray scale. I'll test that in k little while.
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« Reply #51 on: July 31, 2011, 09:49:55 PM »
just go ahead and use the mediafire website -- they allow you to upload the whole lot

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« Reply #52 on: July 31, 2011, 10:38:40 PM »
I'll have to try in the morming. I can't download anything here at work.
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« Reply #53 on: August 08, 2011, 10:31:32 PM »
I just worked out a deal to buy the following catalogs.

1968
1972
1975/76

1991/92
1992/93
1993/94

2002
2002/03
2003/04
2004/05
2006/07

I am going to needs my son a financial incentive to scan the catalogs for me. I need to find some software that will get me tIe resolution I want without making the file so large.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #54 on: August 10, 2011, 03:35:13 PM »
In case anyone hasn't heard, the 1942 catalogue is now available courtesy of Fins/413 at:

http://www.mediafire.com/?wb9a9za447ysrxd


I think that means we still need:

1939 Mechanics Tools
1947 Mechanics Tools
1952 Mechanics Tools (m_fumich to provide  thumbsup2)
1953 Mechanics Tools
1955 Mechanics Tools
1969 Power & Hand Tools (m_fumich to provide  thumbsup2)
1971 Power & Hand Tools
1972 Power & Hand Tools (m_fumich to provide  thumbsup2)
1973/74 Power & Hand Tools
1974/75 Power & Hand Tools (m_fumich to provide  thumbsup2)
1975/76 Power & Hand Tools (m_fumich to provide  thumbsup2)
1976/77 Power & Hand Tools
1977/78 Power & Hand Tools
1978/79 Power & Hand Tools
1979/80 Power & Hand Tools
1980/81 Power & Hand Tools
1981/82 Power & Hand Tools

I think everything else is now available at least in a lower-resolution PDF. Please correct me if I'm wrong...

My interest begins to decline (decline, not disappear) after the early-to-mid 1980s, so I just stopped the above list there...


EDIT: I just read this thread from the beginning again...

Matt, can you confirm you are in possession of & intend to make available these 5 catalogues?"

1952 Mechanics Tools




1969 Power & Hand Tools

(I don't know what this catalogue cover looks like...)


1972 Power & Hand Tools




1974/75 Power & Hand Tools




1975/76 Power & Hand Tools



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« Reply #55 on: August 11, 2011, 01:38:31 AM »
The 75/76 still has to be picked up but the deal to purchase it has been made. The others are in my file cabinet at home. I'm also working on the other ones up to 1955 as well.

Even though Rose's has some of the catalogs, they are grainy and I will scan those at a better resolution when I get those catalogs.

The software I've been using is what came with my laser printer/scanner. I'm getting Adobe 9.0 which should let me do the high quality scans without the huge file sizes.

My son has agreed to scan the catalogs. I have him a financial incentive on a per catalog basis. Now that he's agreed, I'm going to make him do it even after he discovers it's a lot of work and he'll be making $3 an hour or less. Maybe he'll learn to get all tIe details before he agree's to something next time.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #56 on: August 16, 2011, 10:41:43 AM »
I just bought the following catalogs...

97/98
98/99
99/2000

I'm also getting the 81/82 from the same seller.
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« Reply #57 on: August 18, 2011, 10:03:16 PM »
The 81/82 and the 76 catalog are gonna happen just yet. Someone else got them.
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« Reply #58 on: January 22, 2012, 12:02:06 AM »
I just added the 1934 through 1938 Power Tools catalogs to the original post. Let me know if there are any problems.
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« Reply #59 on: January 22, 2012, 10:59:19 AM »
There was a problem with the 1937 catalog file. I removed that link until I get it corrected. I've added the 1939 Power Tools catalog as well as the 1939 Tools catalog.

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« Reply #60 on: January 22, 2012, 11:23:22 AM »
Why are you saving them as Word documents Matt?

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« Reply #61 on: January 22, 2012, 11:37:16 AM »
I have them in PDF but those files include multiple catalogs and pictures that an individual claims copyright to. I was able to print the PDF to Microsoft OneNote then save as a Word Document. The file sizes are significantly smaller than the PDF files I can create by printing the original PDF and rescanning the selected pages.
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« Reply #62 on: January 22, 2012, 12:12:34 PM »
There was a problem with the 1937 catalog file. I removed that link until I get it corrected. I've added the 1939 Power Tools catalog as well as the 1939 Tools catalog.

I hope to have several others uploaded by this evening.

What's the hold up?
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« Reply #63 on: January 22, 2012, 12:14:07 PM »
Why are you saving them as Word documents Matt?


Would you prefer a printed out hard copy delivered to your lap?




1939 Sears Catalog in PDF:

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« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2012, 06:53:31 PM »
The link for the 1937 catalog is back up. I've also added 2 catalogs for 1948, 2 for 1949, and one of the 1957 catalogs.
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« Reply #65 on: January 22, 2012, 08:52:35 PM »
I've got 19 more catalogs ready to upload. Hopefully I'll have that done tonight.
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« Reply #66 on: January 22, 2012, 09:08:55 PM »
I've also added 2 catalogs for 1948...

I just downloaded the "1948 Craftsman Tools"...

Awesome. Thanks!

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« Reply #67 on: January 23, 2012, 12:41:48 AM »
Would you prefer a printed out hard copy delivered to your lap?


Well, yes, if that's an option...

1939 Sears Catalog in PDF:

http://www.mickeyco.com/1939-cat.pdf


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« Reply #68 on: January 23, 2012, 11:35:28 AM »
The file sizes are significantly smaller than the PDF files I can create by printing the original PDF and rescanning the selected pages.


1939 Sears Catalog in PDF:

http://www.mickeyco.com/1939-cat.pdf


Mickey, what software are you using to convert the Word doc to a PDF and have it come out smaller?  scratchhead

Matt's DOC is 8643KB while your PDF is only 6322KB...

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« Reply #69 on: January 23, 2012, 01:49:08 PM »
I've also added 2 catalogs for 1948...


I just downloaded the "1948 Craftsman Tools"...


And I've now converted this catalogue to PDF for anyone who prefers the Adobe format:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?9mmv1pzc91d69v0
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« Reply #70 on: January 23, 2012, 01:55:35 PM »
I've tried t download  the PDF,  but the site asks me to pay a fee for the service. How are you guys downloading these files?

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« Reply #71 on: January 23, 2012, 02:08:30 PM »
I've tried t download  the PDF,  but the site asks me to pay a fee for the service. How are you guys downloading these files?

If you're talking about the File Factory links on p.1 of this thread, it's a bit of a pain-in-the-ass as the site wants you to join and makes it unnecessarily difficult to download. However, you can do so if you wait 30 seconds and then click the link at the bottom of the page...

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« Reply #72 on: January 23, 2012, 03:32:02 PM »
I've tried t download  the PDF,  but the site asks me to pay a fee for the service. How are you guys downloading these files?

The 1970 and 2010-11 catalog files are still on Scribe. I'll be transferring them soon. I'm also checking for options that will let me host the files without all that BS.
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« Reply #73 on: January 23, 2012, 04:42:00 PM »
I'm also checking for options that will let me host the files without all that BS.

Mediafire.

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« Reply #75 on: August 01, 2012, 06:26:20 PM »
Hello, I just bought a Craftsman tool chest that is 26.5 inches wide and has 12 drawers, on nice big casters.  The guy said it was about 15 years old but I can't find the model number.  Could you scan the 1995 catalog or kindly look up the model number for this tool chest?  Thanks, David

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« Reply #76 on: August 01, 2012, 09:18:26 PM »
Post a picture if you can.
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« Reply #77 on: August 01, 2012, 11:31:58 PM »
It helps a lot. My catalogs are nearly 1000 miles away at the moment. If no one else takes up the task of identifying the vintage, I'll bring my catalogs on the truck as soon as I get by the house. When I research an item, I try to determine when it was first listed in the catalog and the last time it was listed. That way you know the minimum and maximum possibilities of it's age.
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« Reply #78 on: August 07, 2012, 01:26:03 PM »
That box is first listed in the 1991-92 catalog for $273. It's on the cover of the 1994-95 catalog. It was last listed in the 1997-98 catalog for $310. It took about 10 minutes to research that. I need a bigger challenge.

The model # is 65043N. The official weight is 146 lbs.
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« Reply #79 on: August 11, 2012, 12:03:19 PM »
Thanks for all the info.  I subscribed to the thread but didn't receive an email.  I've been spending that money I saved on filling it up with tools.. the Craftsman Professional 5 piece screwdriver set for $30 gets my recommendation.

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« Reply #80 on: August 15, 2012, 03:32:23 PM »
Will the catalogs from the 1990s be scanned and uploaded at some point? I would love to see the catalogs I pored over as a kid.

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« Reply #81 on: August 15, 2012, 03:59:04 PM »
Hopefully soon. I hope to make significant progress on that in the next 30 days.
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« Reply #82 on: September 07, 2012, 08:41:59 AM »
Hello, I don't mind anyone doing all the work over again, but all the catalogs have been scanned and put on DVD's.  They are for sale on Ebay.  Every tool catalog, every craftsman page from the Sears Big Books, from 1927 to 2009, plus Sears tool catalogs from before Craftsman was around.  Tool photos of all the early craftsman ratchets and dates of manufacture, patent information animated graphics and so much more.  Over 14,500 pages restored to their former glory.  Over 2500 hours of work and $15 in expenses.  Check out my feedback on Ebay  FirstClass4    This is something I always wanted so I made it.  It took many years.

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« Reply #83 on: September 07, 2012, 08:46:17 AM »
Make that $15,000 in expenses.  :)   I won't ever make the money back, but by selling them, it distributes some of the effort and cost put into it.

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #84 on: September 08, 2012, 12:05:26 AM »
Dave, I have your CD's of the catalogs through the 50's. I want to get the latest set soon. However, some of the work must be duplicated. Not everyone as $100 to drop on catalog PDF's.

Be sure to save one of DVD sets for me. I hope to get one by Christmas.
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« Reply #85 on: September 08, 2012, 12:24:44 AM »
Hey Dave,

Did you fix the scan of the 1959 Hand Tools catalog? It has two page 49's and no page 50.

Another reason to duplicate some of the scans is to get better clarity. When I look at the PDF of the 1957 catalog, the fractional sizes in many of the descriptions are hard to read. Right now I'm looking at page 4 of the catalog. The wall mounted cabinet in particular. Even at 200% or 300% the fractions are not clear enough to be absolutely certain of what they are. I know higher resolution scans result in larger file sizes but I need that level if clarity if the only source I have is that file.
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« Reply #86 on: September 08, 2012, 01:03:29 AM »
Yes, I did fix that page.  In fact, I restored and upgraded everything.  The first CDs look like junk to me compared to the newer DVDs.  I did so much more restoration and added so much more graphics and photos.  I restored all the pages, rotated, fixed corners, removed writing and owners marks, removed printing artifacts, aligned all the full 2 page spreads.  I meticulously restored all the catalog covers to the pixel level.  The CDs were $25 each.  The DVD set with 10 upgraded CDs is only $99.  I get a lot of compliments from those that have viewed them. 

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« Reply #87 on: September 08, 2012, 01:09:28 AM »
Yes I do realized that it is a lot cheaper to purchase all 238 catalogs utilized in this project and scan and restore and do all the research on the ratchets and take photos of them and give dates of manufacture, than to spend $99 and have it already done for you. 

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« Reply #88 on: September 08, 2012, 10:08:36 AM »
Were there any hand tool catalogs from '61 to '63 or just the big books. I never see smaller catalogs for those years. I want to see what those years show about the wall mounted cabinets. I'm sure the big books will show it.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #89 on: September 08, 2012, 11:53:54 AM »
I'm not sure which years off the top of my head.  They are all listed in the Ebay ad. I can email you the list.  I do know there weren't any craftsman catalogs in 1944 - 1947, and 1960, 61, 65, and 67.  Some call the hand tool catalog that was printed in 11/47 a 1947 catalog.  I call it a 1948 catalog for the same reason my truck is called a 2008 when it was built in October of 2007.  By the time the 11/47 catalogs were mostly distributed, it was 1948.  If you send me your email address I'll show you a few examples of the work in the new DVDs.  Making them was a learning curve.  I didn't know how to use the Adobe programs when I bought them.  It's like looking at your schoolwork when you were 3 years old and thinking what a bunch of crap. 
I will most likely be adding to the years as I go.  I've been getting the materials ready for the years 2009 - 2012 a couple of days ago.  Sears has frustrated me so by making it so difficult to get the catalogs I want.  I wanted to include the Craftsman tractor catalog and Lawnmower catalog for each year, but the store I live walking distance to only had one of the six in the last 3 years.  I won't be updating the earlier stuff anymore with the scans, it is just too much work. (time) I'll leave that for someone else.  I think I did my part of helping to preserve the past. 

If a company like Microsoft or Google or any of the other giants took on this project, they could do an amazing looking work in about a week.  Too much for a solo beginner like myself. :)  If someone were to ever make a better one, I would buy it.  Just like I would rather buy a tool than to build one from scratch.   David  MrCraftsmanTools@aol.com

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #90 on: September 08, 2012, 03:26:07 PM »
I don't doubt the quality of the scans.
I'm not a tool addict. I prefer "Dedicated Enthusiast prone to bouts of excessive exuberance."

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #91 on: September 08, 2012, 05:02:10 PM »
I just meant some of the scans are better than others.  I was learning as I went.  (my own thoughts) Sometimes it was fun working on it, especially when I was learning something new and exiting and it looked great.  Then comes all the tedious work many thousands of times over.  Then it became drugery much of the time and I just wanted to finish what I started.  Now I have come to a point where I can just sit back and enjoy it.  Sometime I will start adding the years after 2009.  Scanning was a lot of work on some years because the whole pages were printed crooked or didn't line up in the middle or parts of the middle of some two page spreads got chopped off in the printing process.  Sometimes it wasn't about making it perfect, it was doing the best I could with the quality of the catalog pages/printing.  But they were meant for selling tools and being disposable, not for keepsakes for future generations to view on their electrical computational viewing machine.  I heard many used them for toilet paper. 

m_fumich, may I have your email address?   David MrCraftsmanTools@aol.com

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #92 on: September 08, 2012, 05:28:28 PM »
Great catalogs David. I just put your CD on my wife's Christmas "stocking stuffer" idea list.


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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #93 on: September 09, 2012, 12:17:29 AM »
I have 10 sets left.

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #94 on: September 09, 2012, 10:39:56 AM »
If you run out, will you make more?
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #95 on: September 09, 2012, 03:05:00 PM »
I'm not sure.  Depends on if I think the economy can handle it.  I have to purchase them in advance from the manufacture and then hope they sell or I am stuck with a box full and out more money.

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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #96 on: September 09, 2012, 04:31:18 PM »
Why not burn them yourself? I don't give a crap about pretty labels or fancy jewel inserts.
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
« Reply #97 on: March 25, 2015, 08:30:26 AM »
hi everybody

any body have scan copy for craftsman catalogs for these year?

1970
1972/73
1974/75
1-3-89
9-1-90
9-1-91
8-31-93
1994/95
1995/96

thanks
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Re: Scanned Craftsman catalogs
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