Snap-on was founded in 1920 by Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann, who pioneered the idea of interchangeable sockets and wrench handles. The company manufactured and marketed 10 sockets that would snap on to five interchangeable handles, a concept that revolutionized the tool industry.
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How to Identify Snap-on Tool BoxesLook on the back of your tool box and record the markings. This first stylized number or symbol is the year of manufacture. Compare this to the date chart on the website Collecting Snap-on. Access the relevant catalog on the website.
1923 In 1923, Snap-on published its first product catalog. With initial success in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, the founders decided to expand geographically.
Most Snap-On boxes have the model number and a date code stamped on them. 10/9/19 6:17 p.m. There will be a KR number stamped on the back of the unit. Using that you can find it on the collecting snapon website.