ACME Weedless Minnows
Another one of my small side collections are of the ACME Weedless Minnow . As shown in the patent drawing, it is a spring loaded metal spoon. In the normal, loaded position, the hooks remain flush with the body of the spoon and when the fish strikes, the hooks are exposed. Looks pretty ingenius and I suppose was in direct competition with the famous Johnson weedless. Per the Patent paperwork, the patent was filed on Feb 4, 1946 and granted in Sept. 25, 1951. As of this date, I do not have much info on these baits. I am still looking for advertising pieces as well as color codes/offerings and sizes. Thus far I have found these spoons in two sizes, a 3" and 2" in very limited color patterns. As seen in the pictures below of multiple boxes, the sizes were simply designated as "no. 2" or "No. 3". Chrome and red with a straight white stripe are relatively common while other colors as shown below are a bit tougher. Furthermore, the smaller 2" model appears to be a bit tougher to find. I'm unsure as to the dates of the boxes. The blue and white boxes, as shown below, seem to be a bit more primitive/less refined than the red and black box but this is purely my opinion/speculation. Also of note is the description of "Chromium" on the red/black box. These baits were produced at the ACME steel company out of Chicago and was designed by Olaf Tallaksen. Any additional info on these baits would be greatly appreciated. Shown below are the models and colors I have accumulated over 10 years of collecting these.