Letter Holder 1950s 10.12.12
Brass plated steel wire with wooden end fittings.
The Bates company was apparently obsessed with creating the worlds best WIRE FEED STAPLER. a wire feed stapler takes wire from a roll and makes one staple at a time... amazing! You can get about 5000 staples from a single roll of wire, not only that the wire is solid brass so they don't rust.
It makes a beautiful little staple 5/16" wide; smaller was liked by many. I am going to use it where applicable for sewing leather; many times the best way to hold thins together while sewing is to staple them.
Sad to say it finally jammed and had to be retired, I am very disappointed; it was a brilliant design that was just too finicky.
While its not a sewing machine it fits squarely into my vintage obsession. A 1964 Custom Imperial; a friend of mine had it in their modern kitchen when it truly was the most modern appliance on the market.
Awesome 60s styling; space age shapes everywhere, back lit control panel, and automated features. You can still get all of the critical parts so I was able to get it all working (except for the clock.) You can see it in a few episodes of I Dream of Gene :-)
- It must have been very expensive to make.
- It was clearly designed by men.
- There is an issue in that the ovens vent directly into the small lighted hood and thus clouding and clogging everything above.
- The clock on everyone of them stopped working a year after it was bought.
- The old style of big coils are slow to heat up.
- Incredibly well made
- Easy to clean
- Easy to use
- Bullet proof
- The small oven bakes quicker than anything you have ever tried