Schell Leather Company

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The Schell Leather Company (Schell Leather Goods or Schell Leather Goods Company or Schell Inc.[1]) is a manufacturer of leather (originally), plastic, vinyl, nylon, and synthetic material[1] goods originally based in Cincinnati, Ohio founded by Albert and Charles J. Schell[2][3] from 1865 or 1870[1] (or at least 1901[4] or 1925[5]) to at least 1985.[1]

The factory building was at 1015 Race Street in 1929[6] and moved to a 2-story 100x100' building at 2965 Central Parkway[7] from as early as 1931 (beginning construction by Parkway Construction Co. at a cost of about $70,000)[8] or 1938[9] to at least 1959,[10] and moved again sometime between 1959-62 to 242 West McMicken Avenue[11] until at least 1967.[12] The company relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1980.[1][13]

Charles Schell was connected with the company for about 35 years as general manager and operator and buyer of bag and case leather.[4] In 1968, Stephen Hahn acquired the company from the Schell family and became president.[1] Hahn expanded Schell's holdings by acquiring a Chicago plastic-case producer and relocated its manufacturing operations to St. Petersburg, Florida, where the company's annual sales doubled to about $6.5 million.[1] The company also owns Action Leathercraft, Inc. in Commerce, California; subsidiaries include Allstate Custom Cases and Lords Business Cases.[1]

Patents and trademarks[edit]

Charles J. Schell was an inventor who patented at least five devices:

  • Brief case (1929, patent #D78901)[2][14]
  • Flat-opening case (1934, patent #1985521)[3]
  • Lock mechanism (1941, patent #2242550)[15]
  • Lock structure (1942, patent #2293363)[16][17][18]
  • Strap lock (1943, patent #2320014)[19]

In 1947, "Emdee" was trademarked (which expired in 1988) by Schell Leather Goods Co., Inc.[20]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Busting Out: Carrying case manufacturer plans new St. Petersburg plant, offices, Mitch Lubitz, The Evening Independent, 5 April 1985, p. 11-A at Google News -- Article states 115 years from 1985 = 1870 but later states 1865 so unclear.
  2. ^ a b Brief case at Google Patent Search
  3. ^ a b Flat-opening case at Google Patent Search
  4. ^ a b c Treasury Decisions Under Customs and Other Laws, Volume 69, United States Department of the Treasury and United States Customs Court, United States Government Printing Office, 1936, p. 699 at Google Books
  5. ^ Office Appliances: The Newsstand Technical Trade Journal of Office Equipment, G.H. Patterson, 1925, Volume 42, p. 91 at Google Books
  6. ^ The Cincinnatian: Classified Membership Directory 1929 (New Bulletin) Volume 7 Issue 9, Cincinnati (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce and Merchants' Exchange, 1929, pp. 22,76 at Google Books
  7. ^ Department of Industrial Relations: Directory of Manufacturers in Ohio 1939, Issue 28, Ohio Division of Labor Statistics, 1939, p. 240 at Google Books
  8. ^ Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering, Volume 38, Eugene Franz Roeber and Howard Coon Parmelee, McGraw Publishing Company, Inc., 1931, p.496
  9. ^ They Built A City: 150 Years of Industrial Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Post, 1938, p.164 at Google Books
  10. ^ Hardware Retailer, 1959 at Google Books (no snippet view)
  11. ^ Facts About Merchandise, William Boyd Logan, Helen M. Moon, Prentice-Hall, 1962, p. 286 at Google Books
  12. ^ MacRAE's Blue Book, Volume 1, 1967, p. 352 at Google Books
  13. ^ Job Motivation: Rosemary Travis Teaches Workers Techniques of Self-Discipline, Rick Rutan, The Evening Independent, 23 Jan 1981, p. 35 at Google News
  14. ^ Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Volume 384, United States Patent Office, 1929, p. xxv at Google Books
  15. ^ Lock mechanism at Google Patent Search
  16. ^ Publisher's Note: Dr. O'Brien, Sacramento Magazine, December 2007, retrieved 28 June 2010
  17. ^ Doctor's bag, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library Digital Historical Collections, retrieved 28 June 2010
  18. ^ Lock structure, Google Patent Search
  19. ^ Strap lock at Google Patent Search
  20. ^ a b c EMDEE,, retrieved 28 June 2010
  21. ^ a b c d e f g Leather and Shoes, Blue Book of the Shoe and Leather Industry, 1940 at Google Books (no snippet view)
  22. ^ 1960 Exhibitors' List, Repertoire magazine, June 2002 - Vol 10 Number 6, retrieved 28 June 2010
  23. ^ Bronco Buster Centennial Bowie Knife and Two Collins Marked Machetes, Regional Firearms Auction (August 4, 2007), Rock Island Auction Company, retrieved 28 June 2010