Johnson Super Lures - TAS :

Johnson Lures - TAS: 
Marshall Johnson made his first Devon minnow around 1950 however by 1957 he had developed a plastic injection moulding technique for making the Cobra style of lure and released his 'Tiger Kobra'. Before this the lures were made by gluing two half shells of celluloid over a lead core. These early lures were painted on the outside with Raven Oil paint. He retired in 1991 and the family continues to run the business.
The cards below are the earliest of the Marshall Johnson cards for the 'Super Spinner' when the lures were being made in Railton and Bridgewater (single name on the cards). Colour codes are stamped with 'No 1 . . . No 2.' as opposed to a single number on later cards. They were issued in left and right spin versions which were also larked on the card. Unsure if the colour codes were later changed as the range was expanded. 
The 'Marjune Super Spinner' is shown opposite on an early Bridgewater card for M.F & J.M Johnson. Must wonder whether this was an earlier name for the 'Super Special' as it certainly is not a devon spinner style lure. There is also an ink over stamp on the card and colour code plus the card would need to have been printed with 'Marjune' title. Still a mystery but defintely an authentic carded Johnson lure. 
The 'Super Special' is shown on two different early cards below which date to the late 1950's/early 1960's when they were made by Marshall in Orford, Tasmania. The card below left is made for Alan Ball Agencies who were a mainland distributor in Melbourne. 
The extract below is from a 2000 article in Freshwater Fishing that explains the history and time-frame for Johnson Super Lures.
Below is a photo of the article 'Cobra Style Lures' from Freshwater Fishing Autumn 2000 which are identified as the original 'Solid Flight' Cobra Wobbler (1949), the 'Loose Flight' Cobra Wobbler (1952). The large cobra wobbler (1973) and the Stubby cobra wobbler (1974). Marshall always identified Brian Johnston as the first inventor of the Cobra style lure. Brian Johnston invented the cobra lure around 1950. In the early days he sold lures commercially through Charles Davis in the Hobart CBD. After a few years he stopped selling through Charles Davis and was making them in his home at Moonah until the last couple of years. There is often some confusion however Brian Johnston had no affiliation with Johnson Lures that were made by Marshall Johnson which became a commercial venture. Johnson lures were readily sold to retail outlets with some sold to mainland Australia. Many localised makers of cobra lures were spawned in crew rooms of small industry in the Hobart/New Norfolk area as shift workers tried their hand and made their own moulds and catching fish in the Derwent River and surrounds. Undoubtedly many of these cottage makers were inspired by the early pioneers like Brian Johnston and Marshall Johnson.
The 'Super Spinner' is shown here on early Orford cards with the first fourteen colours as released. They are a devon style lure with characteristic tail that is common to the Johnson lure range. Quite easy to identify but uncommon with correct number and card. These lures were kindly gifted to Lure Hub OZ by Barry Cross.
The earlier advert above is from the Tasmanian Angling Report 1984
Left is from 1983 and mentions the four models that were available at the time. 
From Freshwater Magazine Issue 50;
'Brian Johnston produced the first cobra in 1948/9. Ted Tillin's cobra was early 1950's. Marshall Johnson/Johnson super lures developed their cobra in 1957. Wigston/Tassie devil developed 1963 but not mass produced for the Australian market until 1979.'
The review above is from Modern Fishing in 1991
The later packaging shown above is c. 1980's - 90's.
The advertisement below was found in the Tasmanian Trout Championship  magazine program and entry form for 1995. Notice the address is in Glenorchy which is in Hobart while later colour versions of this list the address at Penguin which is in the north of Tasmania.
The address on the advertising of this colour version of the earlier advert shown left has a PO Box in Penquin which is on the northern coast of Tasmania as opposed to Hobart based. Dates to 1994. The photo below is the colour catalogue which dates to a similar year.