✅ SOLVED Does anybody know anything about old fishing reels?

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I ventured out for a stroll along a creek and spotted this lying on a sand bar. So, in the ice waters, I waded out to grab it.
This has a very heavy cast body and all that I could find on it is "Great Lakes" followed by 3 stars and the numeral 1.
Below that it says Lexington, Michigan USA.

Anybody know how old it might be? I can't seem to find a match on a Google Search.
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I also did a search and came up empty. From memory I’d date it post 1970’s And a budget reel.
Thanks for trying, I'm not sure a budget reel would have a heavy cast body, but then I know nothing about fishing reels.
 
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Not your spin-cast model, but an ad from Great Lakes of Lexington.
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I ventured out for a stroll along a creek and spotted this lying on a sand bar. So, in the ice waters, I waded out to grab it.
This has a very heavy cast body and all that I could find on it is "Great Lakes" followed by 3 stars and the numeral 1.
Below that it says Lexington, Michigan USA.

Anybody know how old it might be? I can't seem to find a match on a Google Search. View attachment 2005863
Great Lakes Imperial Whirlaway reel. Budget reels often have a thick body to prevent the pig metal from breaking. it was once red with a chrome bezel.
 
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Yeah, creskol ... let's see. This ...

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... redirected me to this ...


... at which point I admitted I'm not very good at fishing.
It may be somewhere in all that mess ?
 
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Is it saveable or is it all trashed inside. It reminds me of Zebco reels I have had, but it was probably what Zebco designed the 101 and 404 off of. It looks like an early 50's or 60's fishing reel.
 
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I had sent the info off to an antique reel collector and here is his reply:

“The Great Lakes Model 1 spincast reel was manufactured in the 1950’s for stores like Montgomery Wards, Sears & Roebuck, and J.C. Penny. You don't often see them branded with just Great Lakes. That is unique. Paul”
 
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