Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obsolete Office Artifacts, Part II

In yesterday's post, we talked about vintage and NOS (new-old stock) Letraset letters - well, today I want to continue the office supply love with more wacky stuff that we'll probably never see being sold again - which is kind of sad, when you think about it!  Time left these little fellers behind, for whatever reason.

But I have them now!  Here are a couple of favorites of mine:



I scored these little fasteners from The Reporter, the paper where I used to work.  My friend Joyce, who worked there for 38 years, said I could have them - they were just laying all sad-like in the bottom of this tray in an unused file cabinet.   They're both so visually appealing, aren't they?  :D


Here's a super-cool old "tin" (made of paper) that holds Oakville O.K. Paper Fasteners, which looks like a predecessor to staples - Ebay has them at circa 1930s (that's probably about right).  Design-wise, these are fantastic.  Function-wise, they leave a lot to be desired - that little prong in the middle?  HOLY SHARPNESS!! It's like a tiny razor!  If you ever come into contact with these, take a lesson from This Doofus - don't check to see how sharp it is.  :D  Bonus?  The tin's almost full! :D


Here's another "tin", and even though it looks old, this one's new-old stock!  I purchased it at Wegner's Department Store right here in Fondy!  You may recall other posts about the awesome NOS at Wegner's - it's a veritable treasure chest of vintage-y goodness!  :D  These Quick Grip Clips are for hanging things from a blackboard - you insert the clip between the moulding and the slate, and voila!  Wall space!  :D

I've used a couple of these babies in my artwork - more to come, I'm sure!  :D





6 comments:

  1. Those are just wonderful! I must admit to a weakness for fancy fasteners myself, like spiral paperclips and decorated tacks and those map pins with flags on them.

    Oakville must have been a general fastener company; I have a lovely roll of pins in paper, in a cylindrical wooden holder, with the Oakville label on the bottom. I found it in a ratty sewing box at a yard sale.

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    1. Anne, what IS is about fasteners? I've always been fasten-ated with them myself! HAW HAW! :D But seriously, I am a hoarder when it comes to stuff like this. Thanks for the info on the Oakville company! :D

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    2. Mel, perhaps it's because fasteners are useful. Which is why I have all those buttons and paperclips with decorations on them and fancy tacks and bulldog clips in shiny colors.

      Anyway, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

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    3. I think you're on to something, Anne! :D

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  2. LOVE your art Mel...do you trade these?

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    1. Hi Jo - thank you so much! I do indeed trade these cards (these two are about 3 or 4 years old), but the irony of the situation is that, even though I'm doing art full-time, I have less time to trade than when I was at my old job! Now I just trade with my live trading group in Milwaukee: http://www.carolynbrady.com/liveATC.html

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