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Eveready Stapler

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metal, wood, paint, rubber
7 3/16 × 7 3/16 × 2 3/8 in. (18.3 × 18.2 × 6 cm)
First patented in 1915, this “automatic stapler machine” or “paper fastener” was advertised by the Eveready Manufacturing Company of Boston as “a cleverly constructed desk machine which makes its own staples and fastens them through the paper or material in one operation.” A roll of metal tape fed through the machine was sliced by steel knives to provide 5,000 staples. According to the manufacturer, “a quick, gentle pressure on the lever” was all that was needed to complete the operation. This stapler is missing the tape box which was affixed to the back.
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