National Hardware Show Celebrates 70 Years

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Hardware Show, which will be held May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To commemorate the milestone, the show’s organizers have invited attendees to submit memories, photos or stories, about their experiences at past shows. Submissions will be featured ahead of the show via social media, the show’s website and other avenues.

“As we celebrate 70 years of the National Hardware Show, we continue to look ahead to the future of the home improvement industry,” said Richard Russo, vp of the National Hardware Show. “However, we’d also like to take some time to look back and reflect on the memories of years past and see how far we’ve come and how much things have changed.”

The first National Hardware Show was held in New York City in 1945 and was created by Abe Rosenburg, founder of General Hardware Manufacturing Co. (now General Tools & Instruments) and Charlie Snitow, legal counsel for the company. Reed Exhibitions acquired Snitow’s trade show business in the early 1960s.

Attendees interested in submitting photos or stories online can do so at: