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Molly Anchors for Fastening to the Wall

By February 15, 2009

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Molly Anchor

Molly anchors are expandable fasteners that you pound into a hole in drywall; turn the screw; remove screw; and then use to fasten stuff like shelves on the wall. I had always assumed that "molly anchor" was a generic term until...

I was leafing through a Popular Mechanics dated April 1952, and found this ad for Molly Anchors, from the Molly Corporation of Reading, Pennsylvania. Could this be the company that originated molly anchors? From the looks of the product, it seems to be the real deal. I do a patent search for molly anchor and can find nothing. I search Google for Molly Corporation and find nothing. Simple molly bolts have been around for quite some time, but this is certainly the "spider-claw" type of grabber that we are all familiar with today.

Such a shame if they invented the Molly Anchor, and then disappeared off the face of the Earth--leaving such a ubiquitous fastener behind in its wake.


March 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm
(1) Don N. says:
June 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm
(2) Chelius says:

I worked the Molly Company in Reading Pa. (actually located in Temple in the outskirts of Reading). They were a division of USM Corp. That stands for United Shoe Machinery. They invented and manufactured the famous Molly Bolt blind fastner, as well as the Well-Nut (a very thick polypropylene washer with a threaded insert which would spread when tightened to provide a water-proof seal; and the Parabolt, which was a sleeve-anchor (for concrete) alternative that was supposedly stronger.
I worked there around 1970-73. I don’t think they exist, at least at that location, anymore.
I hope this helps.

December 26, 2012 at 11:11 am
(3) frank scalabrino says:

I met the inventor of the Molly screw in 1980 in Long Island,I think his first name was Danny cause he said he also inventened the Danny plug a popular fishing lure.

September 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(4) Kathy Rhen says:

I recently spoke with a relative who told me the molly bolt was invented by
Clarence Shuey- grandson of Blanche Rhen Shuey.
He named the molly bolt after his younger daughter – Molly

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