_"Some lures catch fish, others fishermen. Yours caught a lot of anglers. What you have is a very interesting and collectible lure known as the Spinno Minnow, one of a select few baits patented by a woman--in this case Violet Van Buren of Carlsbad, New Mexico. She applied for the patent in 1944 and it was granted on April 13, 1945. Harry and Violet Van Buren operated a typewriter supply store in Carlsbad, and the original Spinno Minnows were produced by the Pecos River Tackle Co. (a division of Uniline Mftg. Co. of Carlsbad, NM). Later, around 1947, the address for the company changed to Dallas, TX, and they dropped the Pecos River Tackle title. They appear to have gone out of business by the mid-1950s. Spinno Minnows are very collectible (with over 20 colors available) and yours is worth $35-$50. To view the patent, a rare variation, and a color chart, click here."