Yesterday's mystery tool is officially known as the Monitor model 107 "Patented Wire Stitcher" manufactured by the Latham Machinery Company of Chicago, IL. Bookbinding operations like the one that gave the machine to me used it to place those big staples in thick stacks of pages to be bound. I'm sure you've always wondered what kind of stapler it takes to make that staple. This is it.
Pictured here is a machine with which I've had a strange obsession ever since it randomly happened into my life several years ago for $25; one of the last holdouts in a liquidation sale of a former mass mailing business, and the very machine with which that business had been started one generation prior. It is known as a Graphotype.
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