Old Hickory Rod & Tackle Co. Kinney Bird Fishing Lures
Old Hickory Rod & Tackle Co. - Kinney Bird, Tampa, FL
Herbert Kinney started his company in Bangor, MI. He
sold his 4 foot hickory casting rod as his main product. He
also sold other fishing tackle out of this company including his "Flipper" lure. Kinney moved to Tampa,
Florida in the mid 1920's and named his company Old Hickory
Tackle Company of Tampa, Florida. It is here that
Kinney received a design patent for his Kinney Bird lure on Sept. 20,
1927. The first Kinney
Birds were hand painted in a variety of bird patterns. After his
patent was granted, he advertised that his Kinney Birds now came
with a "Heddon Finish". Heddon Lures were popular at this time and
recognized as lures of high quality. Kinney must have struck a deal
with James Heddon's Sons to have them paint his lures to hopefully
increase his sales. These lures are highly sought after by
A 1920 Ad in The American Angler Magazine
Kinney Bird Lures, circa 1927
Lure Box Ads for Kinney Bird Lures, circa 1927
Kinney Bird Lure with Box Ad, circa 1927
KINNEY Flipper Lure
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