Posted 5 months ago
I’m not completely sold on the history of this machine. The approved patents tells us the inventors are Roman H. Heyn, and Fridolinn Polzer. The patent was applied for in 1923 and approved in 1924. The problem is this. Roman did not have a background in engineering or manufacturing, while Polzer had an extensive history in both.
I am a believer in giving credit where credit is due but his is one of those times where my gut is saying, this is a case of money, power or position buying its way into the picture.
Everything considered, this machine is an existing model with a staple release added to it, something Polzer was easily capable of without anyones help. Roman was a manager, before coming to work for his In-laws. He was the manager of a large motel in Egypt and after coming to American and marrying into the Hotchkiss family, he was a manager with Pitney-Bowes. Another position probably provided by the Hotchkiss family as Grandpa George Hotchkiss knew and supported the Pitney family really well, to the point that George may have loaned the money to Pitney to start the Pitney-Bowes Company.
But hey, I’m not here to start rumors.