A 169-year-old company, Hammacher Schlemmer began in 1848 as a hardware store in New York City and by 1881 began distributing the first catalog in America. Its product line has evolved from high end tools for craftsmen to other offerings.

Hammacher Schlemmer was the first to offer many products that changed the lifestyles of American consumers, such as the pop-up toaster, steam iron, automatic coffee maker, microwave oven, and cordless phone. The company’s only retail location is on 57th Avenue in New York City.