History of the Spider
The Pyott-Boone Electronics’ "spider" was a marketing gimmick at the 1976 International Coal Show in Detroit, Michigan. The spider was chosen because of the many “legs” of monitoring and communications working together for the good of all. A spider was painted in the bucket of a scoop manufactured by our sister company, Pyott-Boone Manufacturing. “Find The Spider” stickers were placed around the convention center encouraging people to visit our booth. There were 10,000 stickers made.
In the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, collecting hardhat stickers became popular in the coalfields. People who were familiar with the “Find The Spider” sticker began to realize how few were still available; however, Pyott-Boone never duplicated the sticker. It was so popular that “counterfeit” stickers were produced of later versions portraying them as the “original." Big bucks were offered to individuals who had an authentic original.
Pyott-Boone continues to use the spider on hardhat stickers, technical bulletins, products and most marketing campaigns. The PBE spider is now an American coal-mining icon!