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Original Morse 1937 Dive Catalog

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ORIGINAL 1937 ANDREW J. MORSE
DIVING APPARATUS CATALOG
 

Front cover of so called Morse 1837 catalog image
                                                          
Overall Dimension 8" X 10"                 Spiral Binding 
Pages
51                                                   Copyright 1937                     
                                                             Markings. See below                               Condition Good See below
                                                                             
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Presented is an example of the original A.J. Morse diving equipment catalog which was issued in 1937 in celebration of the company's 100th Anniversary. It uses the original type spiral type binding, cover stock, and includes the expensive engravings of the true original version.  So don't be confuesd by the 1837 cover date and the inclusion on page 21 of the Navy MK V dive helmet which was first introduced in 1916. The inside cover is stamped with the corporate name of MORSE DIVING EQUIPMENT CO. INC. which did not come into existence until 1940 to further clarify this as a Centennial catalog.

There are many reprints of the 1937/1837 catalog that were re-issued by Morse with this reddish color card stock, but they were stapled together rather than having a spiral binding and the images were photocopied rather than engraved making them easy to identity as second generation reprints. However, this one is a fooler and is an 1837 original in all respects except for the stamps on the inside front cover and the inclusion of a MK V helmet in the product line.

If you own an original Morse 1837 catalog or are thinking of buying one, make sure to inspect page 21 to see if there is a Navy MK V helmet in the product line.

We think the expediency of WW II may have caused Morse to use the old printer's plates modified in whatever small way to provide a catalog for distribution with War Clouds on the horizon.

Therefore, this example makes an interesting addition to those who are interested in WW II and in Morse diving history making itc highly collectable!

The 1837 catalog was issued celebrating the company's first 100 years of operation and is titled,
DIVING APPARATUS, ESTABLISHED 1837, ANDREW J. MORSE 7 SON, INC. BOSTON, MASS. U.S.A.  in three blocks of print with a line drawing of a Morse Commercial dive helmet to the left.

Inside front cover of Morse 1837 catalog image
Inside front cover of Morse 1837 catalog

The catalog includes prices and detailed descriptions, categorized in sections on Air Pumps with their associated complete Diving Outfits; Pump fittings; Diving Helmets; Fittings for Diving Helmets; Telephones for Commercial Use; Electric Lamps; Diving Weights; Diving Dress (Suits); Gloves; Miscellaneous Fittings; Diving Shoes; and Information for Divers; Table of weights for shipment; Decompression tables and lastly an Index on page 51.

 

Example of the quality of the numerous engravings in the Morse 1837 catalog image
Close-up showing the quality of the numerous engravings

CATALOG'S MARKINGS: The front page is stamped by MORSE DIVING EQUIPMENT CO. INC. 470 ATLANTIC AVENUE, BOSTON, MASS. SUCCESSORS TO: This suggests that this catalog was re-issued by Morse after 1940. And added in pen, Prices do not apply. 

 
Two pages devoted to dive helmets models image
Pages 20 and 21 are devoted to the entire line of helmets. Note the Navy MK V introduced in 1916
 
CONDITION: This catalog was owned by a commercial diver and carried with him to jobs. Consequently, there is some minor water damage where a number of pages were stuck together near the binding. The worst of this is pages 48 and 49 where clear tape was added and is pictured below. All the pages are secure in their spiral binding. All of the pages may have yellowed with age. There are the handling marks and some spots thoroughout. 
There are a number of pages with water damage, but these are the worst image
                        Page 48 and 49 are the worse damaged by far of all the pages
 

BRIEF HISTORY OF MORSE DIVING: In the arena of deep sea diving, there are few companies with the longevity and history of Morse Diving. The company was founded in 1837 as a Boston maker of brass ware, three years before Englishman Augustus Siebe manufactured its first closed air dive helmet. During the Civil War, the firm commenced building maritime fittings and began experimenting with early underwater hardhat designs from Siebe-Gorman and other pioneering makers. In 1864, Andrew Morse bought out his partner, introduced his sons into the business, and began to focus on creating new products for underwater salvage expeditions. In 1904, that firm became A. J. Morse and Sons, Inc., under which name it continued until 1940. Then the name Morse was re-incorporated as Morse Diving Equipment Company, Inc. Finally in 1998, the company changed owners, and became Morse Diving Inc. under the leadership of Ken & Donna Downey.

 
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