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Started in 1860 by Joseph Hudson, a Birmingham trained toolmaker, Acme began in a converted washroom which he used as a workshop. Determined to supplement his family income as much as possible, on top of repairing watches and cobbling shoes he turned to his passion—whistles. In 1870 the first whistle, the Boatswain Pipe, was designed to give commands to the crew of ships even during the worst gales. Over the next few years Hudson designed whistles for everyone from police officers to referees to orchestral whistles that remain popular to this day. In 1935, Acme revolutionized the dog training community by developing the first ever silent dog whistle. Up until this point, dog whistles had not been specialized and anything that made a sound was used. This high-tuned and adjustable frequency whistle made the most effective tool for trainers to communicate with their dogs and has been such a dependable accessory that it’s still widely used today.