This week’s vintage tackle contest winner comes to us from Patrick Phillips, who received this Floating Pal tackle box as a gift from his father-in-law. To me, the idea of a floating box (which I learned could also be used as a PFD) seems like a good idea. But according to Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog, the concept never really took off. That doesn’t mean, however, this find isn’t worth some coin.


Dr. Todd says:

_”That is one incredible tackle box! It’s unrelated to the famed Old Pal line of tackle boxes, by the way. Instead it’s a fabulous “Floating Pal” tackle box ca. 1950 from Crossman & Brinkman Mfg. of Richmond, Ind. This tackle box is not made of Bakelite, as often stated, but is actually Duraplast, one of the many types of resin-based plastics to flood the market in the post-war era. This is a huge box, meaning 22″ x 7 ” deep and 7″ high, and weighs 12 pounds empty. More importantly, it floats, and was designed (like a few other tackle boxes including the legendary wood Tronicks box) to be used as a floatation device if a boat capsized. The only color I’ve seen them in is black, but of course, with plastic there could be many other colors. It was not a hit; I found one single ad for it in 1950 and not much more. They rarely come up for sale; an interesting thing about them is the warranty came with a unique serial number. Yours is #5937, implying a very small number were made. I’d value your neat find at $100-$150. It’s a great box!”


Killer find, Patrick. That’s definitely one for the shelf. Thanks for sending and keep an eye on your mailbox, because there’s a set of Berkley Aluminum Pliers headed your way.

If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a pair of Berkley Aluminum Pliers (above) worth $50.