Milwaukie Historical Society Visit

On April 14, 2015, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the monthly meeting of the Milwaukie Historical Society in Milwaukie, Oregon. I took with me my friend and partner for this website, Keith Rumgay. The meeting was a small gathering crowded into a back room of the museum. Keith and I were able to wirelessly tether my iPad to a television so I could show pages and images from the website.

Keith answered a number of questions regarding the P&C factory and tools and I was able to explain our project of preserving the history of P&C with the website.

Afterwards, while eating refreshments, we were shown the P&C tools at the museum as well as a binder of newspaper excerpts and photographs. I was graciously allowed to select items from the binder for scanning and David volunteered to scan them for me later. Many of these items now comprise essential photos and documentation in this website. Keith and I are very appreciative for the cooperative and friendly people that comprise the Milwaukie Historical Society.

The Society featured our visit on their facebook page, which can be seen at:

Dedicated Domain

“The History of P&C Tools” has moved to the new dedicated domain of! The former location URL ( was a little lengthy and intended for creation and setup…but became home for a year.

Next on the schedule is finishing the page “P&C under Plomb -Proto” as well as some “new” catalogs and a few other additions that will be announced later.

“Tool Co. Arrived” facts added

I edited the “P&C Under John & Charlie” page by adding information under the 1923 heading to reflect the information found in the Milwaukie Review article, “Tool Co. Arrived”. The article from February 9, 1923 (courtesy of Keith Rumgay) gives a fairly exact timeline of the start of the P&C factory in Milwaukie.

Fascinating information for me, since it lists other friends and family members that helped get the tool production started in Milwaukie. The photocopy cuts off a line or two regarding the list of names helping with the relocation, so I contacted the Milwaukie Library to see if a microfiche copy of the article could be found. The email response I received was, “Unfortunately we do not have the micro film roll for that year. We have the Review on microfilm for the years 1916 and 1917 and also from 1926 through December, 2003. I was unable to find another resource either.”

1929 No. 8 Catalog

Just added the 1929 No. 8 catalog to the collection.

Some people have hinted that I might not need every catalog, tactfully suggesting that a representative sample might be acceptable. That would be like suggesting to a P&C collector that the eight P&C long bend offset socket studWrenchwrenches (12 point) he has collected is adequate…he really doesn’t need the ninth one to complete the set. What!!?

Even though I suffer from a compulsion to have a complete collection, I see other benefits. Take the P&C stud bolt wrench I recently received, for example (seen to the left). A careful and inquisitive P&C collector might want to know the approximate dates the tool was made. The wrench is not listed in the 1927 catalog but is featured in the 1928, 1929 and 1936 product line-ups. It’s missing again in the 1953 catalog. Now I have a provisional range-of-manufacturing date of 1928 to 1953. More catalogs from the late 30’s and 40’s would undoubtedly narrow that range considerably.

Another reason to have a complete collection exists in the little tidbits of info thrown into various catalogs. Like the colorful “P&C Jiffy Wheel Puller” advertisement on the back of the 1927 catalog. Or the “From a two man shop in 1922 to the present plant seen above” inscription under the sketch of the factory inside the cover of the 1927 catalog. I will grant that most of the catalog information in subsequent years is the same, and often on the same pages, but what about those little nuggets or new tools that are added each year?  How can we be accurate and discriminating collectors without all the information possible?


More Catalogs From the 60’s

Recently I added a second 1965 catalog (PC65200),  as well as a 1966 (PC66550P) to the catalogs available for download.  Both are courtesy of Keith Rumgay and documents I scanned on last Portland visit.

The previous 1965 was strictly carpenter tools.  The additional 1965 just added  encompasses the entire product line.

1927 Catalog Added

Was able to scan a 1927 Catalog, courtesy of Keith Rumgay, while visiting in Milwaukie, Oregon. Several nice features are the comments under the sketch of the factory on the inner cover and the nice advertisement on the back for the P&C “Jiffy Wheel Puller”! Nice advertisement.

This catalog is now available for download.

1936 Woodbury & Company Catalog

Yesterday I discovered I had created an incomplete excerpt of P&C tools from the Woodbury Catalog. I missed all the chisels, punches and bars on pages 201-203; pliers and screwdrivers from pages 228-229; and gear pullers found on page 298.

I have remedied that omission and the excerpt .pdf available for download on the “P&C Catalogs” page includes all the P&C items.

1965 carpentry catalog & price sheet added

Added a nice 1965 carpentry catalog along with the suggested resale price sheet. Wish prices were the same as 1965…I would buy a few tools from that catalog.

Also added some nice picture links to the second patent. Greg sent some pictures of his very rare old P&C. Notice the patent was filed for in 1925 and issued in 1927. Greg’s tool has “pat pen” stamped on it so was probably made in that window from 25-27. Greg’s set even has the original wooden box and accompanying paper label. Box was made of plywood. Sweet tool! Thanks Greg for sharing.

Hello World!

I guess it’s time to “kick the tires and light the fires!”….A number of issues need to be finished, including the page entitled, “P&C Under Plumb – Proto”. But this baby is complete enough for delivery. Check back or subscribe to a feed to check on future progress.

Hope you enjoy this site.