Retro Office Supplies

I missed stapler week here on the typosphere. Unlike  lot of you, I don’t have much in the way of retro office supplies (other than the typewriters, but even that collection is small compared to some, since I can still count them all on my fingers).

I do have a few vintage supplies though


Red Swingline Cub stapler–I don’t use staplers much. I’ve had an aversion to them ever since I stapled my finger as a kid, and they tend to be somewhat hazardous when you work in textiles (the snags…oh, the snags!). This one works great, however, for the little it gets used. And I love that it is red.

Heavy Duty 3-hole punch–I don’t know who made this or where it came from, or how old it is. At first I thought it might be from the 1970s, but now that I take a closer look, I wonder if it is newer–either that or it’s gotten almost no use in it’s lifetime. Either way I’m happy, since it’s the first 3-hole punch I’ve ever had that could take more than three pages without hopelessly jamming.

DSCF0264Card Catalog–This was a Christmas present the same year that I got Henry, the KMM. Dad cut some thin pieces of wood to put in the bottom of each drawer, and now I use it to hold pens and other art and writing supplies. Again, I have no idea how old it is (or where it came from. Wouldn’t it be neat to know what library/institution it came from?), but I’d love to get about three more of them.

I think that’s about it. Maybe one day I’ll add a fountain pen or two (or twelve…).

2 thoughts on “Retro Office Supplies”

  1. Happy New Year!

    Fine looking stapler. The red makes it stand out from the crowd.

    I love those old card files. I have several and use them mostly for storing my photo proofs.

    You are not alone in old office items. I have none.

    Again, Best Wishes to you for a very good 2014.


  2. Same here! I only have old typewriters, my office items at home (which I do have a lot of) are all new. And at the actual office they are even more modern, my stapler has some in-build automatics which makes it very easy to use multiple times in a row. Nevertheless, I do like the looks of old things. And those card drawers look very nice!


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