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To commemorate our rich 175-year history, we have designed a limited-edition 175th Anniversary Tape Measure. It features a die-cast case with chrome finish and 10-foot long blade for measuring standard lengths of plywood and drywall. This tape was inspired by the original design from 1933, with updated functionality for today's applications. 

FEATURES & BENEFITS

Heritage design from the 1930's updated with modern features

5-metre blade coated with Mylar polyester, making it slippery and rust-resistant

Rugged chrome-plated ABS plastic case

Spring-assisted blade return for quick retraction

Vintage STANLEY® SweetHeart™ logo to commemorate 175 years of innovation

HISTORY & MILESTONES

Back in 1843, Frederick T. Stanley founded the Stanley Works in New Britain, Connecticut, USA and began constructing tools like none other of their kind. A unique history of delivering hardworking, innovative, and powerful tools soon followed, empowering and enabling generations of Craftsmen, Professionals and DIY users alike. This inspiration continues in every tool bearing his name today. From the humble tape measure to advanced digitally connected measuring devices, our tools remain benchmarks for quality and durability and continue to help build the World around us.

1854

STANLEY begins to manufacture boxwood rules.

STANLEY begins manufacturing levels.

1857

STANLEY introduces hammers to their line-up.

1863

1869

STANLEY purchases Bailey, Chaney and Company and acquired the right to manufacture tools under Bailey’s patents.

STANLEY began manufacturing screwdrivers.

1870

1920

Originally used in 1920, the STANLEY Sweetheart range was introduced as a memorial to The Stanley Works long-time president, William Hart (1884-1915), and celebrating the merger of the Stanley Rule & Level Company and the Stanley Works.

STANLEY introduces the first steel tape rule.

1931

1936

STANLEY introduces utility knives in 1936.

STANLEY builds the largest hand tool plant in the world in New Britain, CT. The same year, we introduced the PowerLock® Tape Rule.

1963

1969

The PowerLock® Tape Rule represented Stanley as part of Apollo 11’s Lunar Landing Gear.

STANLEY introduces the FatMax® Tape Rule and the FatMax Anti-Vibe® Hammer.

1999

2008

STANLEY re-introduces Sweetheart planes.

STANLEY launches carbide blades.

2011

2015

STANLEY heads into the future of smart measuring with over 75 years experience.

2018

2018 and Beyond: STANLEY celebrates its 175th Anniversary.

175 YEARS OF STANLEY BLACK & DECKER

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