Hammacher Schlemmer was founded in 1868 in the Bowery district of New York City, New York, by Charles Tollner and R. Stern. Beginning as a hardware company for hard to find tools and parts, the company has since evolved into a mail order catalog and retail location which specializes in unique and one of a kind gifts and gadgets.
The company produces the oldest mail order catalog in the USA, whose annual circulation is more than 50 million. Hammacher Schlemmer is owned by its employees and offers unique gifts, gadgets, and hard to find items, including tools or speciality repair items that cannot be found elsewhere. The one retail location, on East 57th Street, has been in business since 1926.
Hammacher Schlemmer offers a lifetime guarantee on every item ever sold. The company has been named or used in multiple magazines, newspaper ads, and television shows. One hardbound catalog is kept in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.