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Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Two Printings of the 1937 Nason Catalog

One item not noted in the 1937 series was the two printings/editions of the 1937 Nason Catalog. I had a scan of the cover of the second printing, so I did know there was more than one version, but no full copy of either to reference. However, copies of both versions recently arrived and they are well worth a brief look.

Both versions are clearly marked on the cover as to being the “1st Edition” or the “Second Printing.” That the 1st Edition was printed as so would indicate that they knew the line would be expanding that year and more than one version would be needed. Both of my copies are photocopies, but it is noted on them that the 1st edition has a tan cover and the second printing a yellow cover, with the 1st edition running 12 pages and the second printing running 16 pages.

In both the Foreword is the same:
On entering our fourth year of development and manufacturing of 00 gauge scale model equipment we offer one of the finest and largest assortments of kits and parts for accurate reproduction of railway models ever available in 00 gauge. During the past three years we have been able to make many additions to our line and it is our desire to constantly offer to you new and better equipment at prices within the reach of every model builder. To aid us in carrying out this objective we welcome constructive criticism and suggestions.
If in the construction of any model or in the layout of your system you are confronted with a problem, we sincerely hope that you will at all times feel free to call on us for any assistance which we may be able to offer.
We are prepared to estimate on Exhibits, Displays or any models, parts or material not included herein.
Moving on, first up in the catalog the NYC Hudson locomotive. Kit prices are the same between the two versions ($27 for a complete kit) but the photos are of different models. In the 1st edition it is of a model decorated for the NYC, and in the second printing it is this model decorated for the “Beaver River” railroad. They liked that photo so much it was run on pages 2 and 4 of the second printing. This scan is from the 1940 catalog for clarity.

The next item in the catalog is their venerable P-5A locomotive and then the Easy-Built passenger cars. In the second printing they include a nice photo on page 9 of the PRR coach, not found in the 1st edition. Both versions have the full list of passenger equipment you would expect to see, including all the Easy-Built kits and the cast aluminum cars. (See the Nason 101 article for an overview of the line).

Next up then are the Easy-Built freight cars. The listings are the same for the box cars and reefers but only the second printing includes the flat car, which was a new model that year, illustrated with this photo which I have again scanned from the 1940 catalog.

Concluding the catalog was a listing of track materials including rail, third rail, track gauges, etc. In short, they offered anything you would need to make an American OO gauge layout other than a caboose, which they would not offer until 1939.

Finally, I would note that in the 1937 series article the big news late in the year was the new Nason 2-8-0 model, which was not listed in either version of the 1937 catalog. The line was rapidly growing, it was quite a year for what was then the leading American OO gauge manufacturer.

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