So Much Depends Upon An Old Lure Box
Pflueger Canoe Lure Box
Perhaps Even More Than a Red Wheelbarrow
by Robb Hoff
January 27, 2013
I was surprised to learn that the inspiration for The Red Wheelbarrow poem by William Carlos Williams was a fisherman who fished out of Gloucester. Apparently, the red wheelbarrow and the white chickens were located in this fisherman's backyard, where Williams claimed them for the subject imagery of his poem.
So imagine my affinity for the whole fishing angle of the Red Wheelbarrow inspiration while I'm admiring the vintage Pflueger Canoe Lure Box that I bought at a Nantucket antique shop some 20 years ago while on my honeymoon. Perhaps this little box is even more personally compelling since I promptly lost my wedding band while surf fishing with my wife on a guided outing during our honeymoon -- no wedding band but I still have the lure box as a kind of surrogate symbol of our wedded odyssey.
Since I bought it, the lure box has remained empty, except for the receipt showing that I paid $4.20 for it. Part of the reason it has remained empty is that I had no real interest in finding out what lure actually goes with the box. The appeal of the box for me was always the alluring design depicted on the cardboard lid that artfully captures the leap of a hooked bass in the foreground of two fisherman in a canoe.
Only recently have I really felt drawn to find out what went into the box when, upon closer inspection of one end of the box, I noticed there was the vestige of lettering and numbers that in fact could identify the lure that matched the box.
There was no way The Red Wheelbarrow could help me there, but Collectible Fishing Lure by Russell E. Lewis most definitely could. That and Pflueger lure color charts found online did help me piece together that the long vanished lure was a Blue Mullet Scale Mustang Minnow. (One is shown in the EBay link below)
Perhaps one day I'll stumble across an old, cracked and chipped Blue Mullet Scale Mustang Minnow there like a Red Wheelbarrow Glazed with Rain Water beside the White Chickens, but until then I'll have to entertain myself with other notions like:
There once was a lure box from Nantucket..........