All Nation left its store in down-town Chicago many decades ago.
As a teen I mail order bought some freight car kits and two coaches.
Later I bought a few things in the store on Madison Street when I worked for the State of Illinois in 1967, shortly after a fire in the building next door.
Some of AN's merchandise had been damaged by heat and water.
I got a Zimmer box car kit for $5 which had warped roof sections.
I was later able to straighten using a boat builder's method of steam and clamps in a jig.
In 1969 I bought the All Nation No. 5 steam loco kit for their 4-4-2, which I still have and runs beautifully.
All Nation Hobbies dated from the 1920s and was at several locations in Chicago before getting to Madison St.
In the beginning, it was not all O scale trains either.
That developed as time passed on, with the purchase of Scale Craft dies for some cast aluminum cars (C&O hopper, C&O caboose, straight side sill flatcar and an 8 wheel depressed center flatcar - Walthers got the dies for the 12 wheel depressed center flat);
Thomas Industries brass tank cars (which were formerly Scale Craft as well) and General Models tooling for freight cars and their steam and diesel locos.
The AN passenger car kit tooling came from J C Models of Mattituck NY on Long Island.
More was added yet, with acquisition of the Zimmer kit line for freight cars.
The manufacturing end of All Nation was sold to Bill Pope and was moved to Wheaton IL in 1972.
The old store continued on Madison St., with Bob Colson's son until January 1979 when it closed for good.
The AN marquee would be long gone by now, as other tenants or owners would have been using that space on Madison in their own business name(s).
Sales of O scale kits, parts and supplies continued with Bill Pope out of Wheaton IL until his passing.
Of note was the gradual deterioration of AN's catalog pages as they passed from printing to offset and mimeograph with cross outs and over-writes.
Near the end, Bill Pope added some former Walthers freight and passenger car kits, as well as former Chester Industrial Arts 60' shorty streamline car kits of the 1950s. Chester also made full length, low cost O scale streamline car kits back then.
The old AN and Walthers tooling Bill Pope used is likely worn out and by now rendered nearly useless from rust and corrosion. Ditto for the diesel kit dies and tooling for transmissions.
The family has no interest in the All Nation business and I think may have been asking an excessive amount for the tooling in Bill Pope' estate, with no takers. (Champ Decals may be in the same sort of situation with their artwork and old presses).
The steam loco kit line had been previously sold by Bill Pope and reappeared as Babbitt.
It is presently owned by BTS in West Virginia but its not in production.
Whether Bill' s Train Shop can reissue these kits may be problematic, as the costs to make the castings and other machined parts for them would likely push the price of a kit beyond the cost of an imported brass, completely finished and much more accurately detailed model steam locomotive.