I was only aware of ABU's offering of tackle boxes from 1967, when first noted in their Tight Lines catalog.
Here in Queensland, Australia, I never actually saw one for sale, but being from a small country town, the boxes may have appeared in larger city tackle shops.
My friend John Fishkat, advises me that that tackle boxes were not sold as separate items on behalf of ABU by Garcia in the early days.
The closest he came was observing this 1962 Garcia catalog advertisement above with only the Mitchell 308 combo on offer with a tackle box.
He kindly shared the above Garcia combo deal marketing a hard to discern brand of "Styrene" tackle box along with Mitchell 308, lube, line, snaplock swivels and spinners.
They frequently , but not always, show these markings, ie The ABU marking, the catch with leaping Bass and Model/Manufacturer name
The majority of my images come from English language Tight Lines catalogs dated during 1967/1980
This is from TL 1971
Pal was owned by Woodstream and they made the ABU Old Pal tackle
boxes. I arranged this relationship but I do not know what
happened after I left Svangsta.
we only sold these in UK/Europe?
I do not think that Woodstream is in the fishing tackle business any more.
If you should have anymore of similar to these boxes illustrated, I would very much like to acquire one and/or receive images to acknowledge here.
If you have further information to share, please contact me to be acknowledged.