Saturday, January 19, 2008

Stapler of the Week Archive- Hotchkiss No. 52

Hotchkiss No.52 steel grey and metal finish

Another great Hotchkiss plier stapler, the No. 52 varies slightly from the No. 54 previously featured in the Stapler of the Week. The No. 52 seems to allow one to clear jammed staples by means of the "patented spring front plate", where as the No. 54 does not appear to have this feature. The box (pictured below) boasts "This Hotchkiss Model No. 52 may be carried in pocket or briefcase" and advises one to "Ask about Hotchkiss Model No. 53 for Heavy Duty Industrial Work" as the No. 52 is recommended for light duty work. Along with the stapler, the box also contains a operating instructions and a guarantee bond in both English and Spanish translation. The instructions are said to apply to the No. 51, 52, 53 and 57 pliers and do not mention the No. 54. I can only imagine what it was like to see a shelf stocked with boxes of these staplers and the virtues of each individual model.

Hotchkiss No. 52 box printed paper on cardboard

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, January 19, 2007.

Hotchkiss No. 52 steel and potmetal black and copper finish

Update to the Stapler of the Week, January 18, 2009.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stapler of the Week Archive- Neva Clog DT-30

Neva Clog DT-30 aluminum & steel

This Neva Clog has been on my wish-list since I found out it existed. Although, I could say that about every new stapler I learn about. The DT-30 design is very interesting in contrast to the other Neva Clog models. Its combination of aluminum & steel suggest a design toward a light yet strong stapler. If the 'Gator' were made of the same gauge steel as the other Neva Clog plier staplers, it might prove to be a bit heavy to use. I think about G. Halvarsen, using this stapler, and wonder what he might have been fastening. An internet search turned up a 1955 instructional document from the Philco Corporation that specifically called for the DT-30 in the assembly of their Apple receiver. I don't know if G. Halvarsen worked on early color television technology, but thanks to him, I have a great example of this stapling pliers.

Excerpt from The Stapler of the Week, January 17, 2008.