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This is an example of a part of a traveling salesman's kit for the Threadwell Tap & Die Company in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It was used to show potential customers the company's tool line during World War (WWII). Because of the complex and ever-evolving nature of these special cutting tools, it was essential for sales people to maintain direct personal relationships with customers, so the company could better customize the tooling to specific customer needs. Shown here are a slide rule, an information booklet, a company catalog, and a box of tools. Greenfield residents served in the armed forces, helped maintain morale on the home front, and contributed a high percentage of industrial workers to the war effort.