Bowling Green, KY
Pliers Age: 1906
The first I know about the pliers was when they were handed down to my father Bob Armstrong Sr., who had just become the Line Forman for the City of Dyersburg TN, Electrical Dept. This was either in 1941 or 1942. The pliers sort of came with his job. Most of the Linemen used regular pliers, bolt cutters, Western Union Tools, and screw drivers along with regular Claw hammers. In other words they sort of made out with what they had. The pliers came to him from somewhere I do not know.
In about 1946, I was sort of handed down the pliers as I started helping my father wire houses. I of course was still in school. In 1949-50 these pliers were given to my mother to keep on the back porch to crack pecans and do other jobs around the house.
In about 1965 the Klein’s came out of retirement and were used by my nephew who had started helping my father in his jobs of wiring in houses. This nephew is now General Superintendent at Uptime Electrical in Atlanta, with many Master Electricians in his job qualifications. His name is Dallas Rose.
In about 1970 Dallas returned them to Robert Armstrong Sr. and I retrieved them again as I was then a District Manager for the Duncan Electric Meter Co. in Lafayette, Indiana. I of course did not use them and had planned to get them chromed some time and put them in a shadow box on the wall of my office at Elec. Sales Engineering, in Bowling Green, Ky. ESE was sold to Cape Electric who gave me the notice that Klein was searching for the oldest pliers. The store manager is Mr. Mike Morris. They have been in my home shop since about 1970.