The people of Stanley Black & Decker have delivered consistent, strong performance across three centuries – making progress even during challenging times.
Whether persevering through adversity such as World Wars and the Great Depression or being part of great movements and moments in history such as space exploration. We believe performance is about passionate commitment to doing the right things and doing things right.
A group of Stanley Works employees, 1885.1
The Irwin Auger Bit Works in Wilmington, Ohio, circa 1890s. Before the use of locomotives and automobiles, Irwin transported its products by horse and buggy.
Guy Dewey, William McNary and George Nichols, who manufactured “ivory rules” at Stanley Rule & Level, in 1898.2
Early 20th Century
Black & Decker sales manager Jack Franklin, pictured in a white coat, oversees factory workers unloading a train car.
The Irwin Auger Bit Works in Wilmington, Ohio, 1910.
Workers in the Stanley hardware shop, c. 1918.
The cover of the pamphlet for the 1919 Black & Decker annual sales convention.
A worker uses a Black & Decker power drill to fix railroad tracks, c. 1920. *
The Irwin Auger Bit Company’s display booth at a 1924 trade show.
The factory floor at The Irwin Auger Bit Company, 1927.
In 1927, Black & Decker purchased the Van Dorn Electric Tool Company of Cleveland, Ohio, for $820,000.3
Craftsman’s original logo from 1927.
The Irwin Auger Bit Company’s 1929 catalog.
This image was used to advertise Stanley hammers during the 1930s. It showed the strength and durability of the Stanley hammer, which was able to hold the weight of two men.4 *
A group of workers installs a pipeline using CRC-Evans machinery during the 1930s.
In the late 1930s, contractors installing pipelines started using CRC-Evans trackmounted sidebooms, which could lift up to 30,000 pounds.5
An Irwin Auger Bit Company factory worker makes drill bits, circa 1930s.
In 1931, The Stanley Works introduced Hiram Farrand’s coilable steel rule, originally marketed as the “Farrand Rapid Rule.” Unlike other tape rules, Farrand’s rule was rigid but could still be coiled, and was easier to use than folding wood rules.6
Colleen Moore’s dollhouse took seven years to build. When it was finished in 1935, more than 100 people had worked on it using Craftsman tools.7
The cover of Hardware Trade Journal states that independent dealers rely on Irwin screw drivers and auger bits, 1936.
The Irwin Auger Bit Company shipping department, 1937.
The Irwin Auger Bit Company fitting lip department, 1937.
The Irwin Auger Bit Company machine and die departments, 1937.
Stanley’s steel plant in Sheffield, England, was purchased in 1937 and quickly thereafter converted to meet the demands of wartime production. Despite bombings by Germany’s Luftwaffe targeting Sheffield, the facility survived the war.8
Black & Decker produced drills and rivets in the 1940s that played an important role in the United States’ war effort. *
A pipeline welder, circa 1943.9
In a 1946 promotion, radio star Mel Blanc, best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny, cuts co-star Jack Benny’s hair with a Craftsman hedge trimmer.10 *
Actor Alan Ladd uses a Black & Decker saw while promoting his 1949 film Chicago Deadline.11 *
The Stanley Works in Velbert, Germany, in 1951. Because of World War II, the plant was closed between 1939 and 1950.12
Pipeline construction sometimes requires navigating treacherous landcapes. Here, a pipeliner steers a bulldozer down a steep mountain in British Columbia, 1952.13
Welders and operators worked in challenging environments such as the Coquihalla River in British Columbia, where they built the first pipeline from Alberta oilfields to the West Coast, circa 1953.14
This 1954 advertisement displays Craftsman’s 46-piece electric drill set. Some sets included a saw attachment, giving customers a “complete home workshop.”
In 1957, Craftsman held a contest to name its new radial arm saw. The winning name was “Accra-Arm,” submitted by a Sears customer service manager from Marion, Ohio.15 *
Black & Decker displayed models of home workshops in the “House of Good Taste” exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.16
The Stanley Tools headquarters on Myrtle Street in New Britain, Connecticut, opened in 1964.17
The 1970 groundbreaking ceremony for the Stanley Air Tools plant in Mayfield Village, Ohio.18
Pipeliners prepare a CRC-Evans internal welding machine for work, circa 1972. The invention of automated welding in the late 1960s enabled the pipeline industry to increase production.19
An aerial view of Stanley’s factory in New Britain, Connecticut, 1976.
The Stanley plant in Franklin, New Hampshire, 1980s.
A worker uses a tool made by Black & Decker, a sponsor of the Statue of Liberty refurbishment project, which took place between 1984 and 1986.20
U.S. soldier Kenneth Carrick uses a Craftsman hammer and screwdrivers to chisel off pieces of the Berlin Wall, 1989.21
Craftsman has a longtime relationship with motorsports in the United States.
*Historical photo. Always use products per their instructions and intended use.
 1996 150 Years of Stanley Works.pdf Pg. 36
 1996 150 Years of Stanley Works.pdf Pg. 65
 1994 The Powered Hand pg 44-45.
 Rodengen, Jeffrey L. The Legend of Stanley: 150 years of The Stanley Works. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Write Stuff Syndicate, 1996. 76.
 2008 75 Year Tribute to Pipeliners CRC Evans.pdf pg. 5
 1996 150 Years of Stanley Works.pdf Pg. 84-85
 Rodengen, Jeffrey L. The Legend of Stanley: 150 years of The Stanley Works. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Write Stuff Syndicate, 1996. 87, 90.
 2008 75 Year Tribute to Pipeliners CRC Evans.pdf pg. 10
 Craftsman image folder, 1946 (no page given). PAGE 10 IN CraftmanBinder_Text
 1996 150 Years of Stanley Works.pdf Pg. 88-89
 2008 75 Year Tribute to Pipeliners CRC Evans.pdf pg. 13
 2008 75 Year Tribute to Pipeliners CRC Evans.pdf pg. 14
 Craftsman Binder pg 12.
 1964 Worlds Fair BD.pdf
 Rodengen, Jeffrey L. The Legend of Stanley: 150 years of The Stanley Works. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Write Stuff Syndicate, 1996. 106.
 Rodengen, Jeffrey L. The Legend of Stanley: 150 years of The Stanley Works. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Write Stuff Syndicate, 1996. 116.
 2008 75 Year Tribute to Pipeliners CRC Evans.pdf pg. 21
 Craftsman Binder, pg 17