Posted 4 years ago
I don't actually remember where I found this nifty little old machine, (several decades ago) likely a garage sale or estate auction.
This is a BUMP PAPER FASTENER, that "MAKES THE TIE FROM THE PAPER". Made by the BUMP Paper Fastener Co. of LaCrosse, WI, this ingenious tool actually does *exactly that* -- it cuts a little sorta U shaped tab and a short slit in the sheets of paper to be joined when you squeeze its springloaded handles, then somehow threads the little tab back through the slit when the handles are released. The last pic hopefully shows how it does it, with front and back views of two side by side 'fastens' of a yellow and white sheet of paper, the tool having been turned around 180deg. between each pair of examples. In addition to the Company name stamped on the tool itself, there is also "PATD. 6-24-13". On the ends of the box it has an un-filled-in space which doesn't (since nobody wrote it in) tell what "number" this Fastener is, which might suggest there were actually other models/sizes of the machine available. (?)
If anybody knows any more about it, please share! :-)