For many years, I told myself that I did not collect shot shells, or at least paper and plastic ones. I tried to limit my interests to metallic cartridges only and allowed a few all brass shot shells to slip into my collection. Then I took an interest in Canadian cartridges by Dominion and let a few paper shot shells sneak in. Then I took an interest in cartridges sold by now defunct retailers or retailers that discontinued ammo like Sears, Gambles, Wards and Herter’s, and began filling a drawer with shot shells that I don’t really collect. Now it has been noted here before that shot shells left confined in a dark drawer tend to reproduce. The drawer was getting full and I resolved to collect only 16 gauge shells (for no particular reason), and that worked for a couple of years. Then a couple of collectors began liquidating their collections on Gunbroker, and it has been impossible to stick to my resolution. I have however, been able to ignore most 12 gauge rounds, I just don’t want to get sucked into such a huge field of collecting.
Then I accidentally clicked on this auction: shotshellboxes.com/Home/ShotShell_Box_Facts, but that was not much help. The old timers that I used to know have gone the way of the Greatest Generation, and I have not been able to find anyone with first hand knowledge of Northwestern Ammunition.
If anyone out there has more information on this outfit, or an image of the original packaging, I would really appreciate a copy. I am looking for names of the owners and a business address. I am well on my way to becoming an old timer myself, and would like to document this bit of home town history before it is lost.