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Stapler of the Week: 1950’s School Green and Teal Swingline Model 27

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Found at the Mesa Thrift along with an Aceliner for $1.99 each! :D

Really, one of the more attractive modern-ish Swingline designs, it was superceded in 1970 by the bread-n-butter Model 747.

Really, one of the more attractive modern-ish Swingline designs, it was superceded in 1970 by the bread-n-butter Model 747.

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opens up easily with a bottom-mounted lever for tacking.

opens up easily with a bottom-mounted lever for tacking.

Standard Swingline-style top loading. Easy to load and takes standard staples.

Standard Swingline-style top loading. Easy to load and takes standard staples.

makes both Interfold and Exterfold staples.

makes both Interfold and Exterfold staples.

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The Model 27 Swingline Stapler was introduced in 1952 and "Improved" in 1954. I recall seeing these quite often at school growing up - not as omnipresent as the crinkle-grey boxy Bostitches that permeated my childhood institutional memories, but still often enough that I remember them. The School Green and Teal color combo may have been a special run for school systems, but I can't tell for sure.

The Model 27 Swingline Stapler was introduced in 1952 and “Improved” in 1954. I recall seeing these quite often at school growing up – not as omnipresent as the crinkle-grey boxy 1940’s Bostitches that permeated my childhood institutional memories, but still often enough that I remember them. The School Green and Teal color combo may have been a special run for school systems, but I can’t tell for sure.

Updated: July 29, 2015 — 11:19 am

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  1. I used to have a shiny black one like that. Nice stapler.

  2. A classic! Love the color.

  3. $1.99 are you outta your mind?

    SOLD!

    1. that seems to be a common price for all staplers in thrift stores around these parts – condition, vintage or rarity are basically irrelevant. I once paid $3 for a stapler, but most come in at between 50 cents and $2 each.

  4. I collect Swingline 27 staplers with “Property of…….” embossed on the front. Currently I have around 60 of them and am trying to complete my Big 10 University collection. If you see one, let me know!

    thanks,

    Chuck

    1. whoah, pix please! :D

      I’ll keep an eye out – they are attractive machines (:

      1. I would love to post pics…… how?

        1. start a blog, i would suppose :D

          I do run the Typewriter Database, where members can upload photos & info about their typewriter collections, but as of yet, no Stapler Database in the works. I’ve considered it, but I doubt that staplers can really be dated any more accurately than a wide decades-long swath of years, since very often a design would be produced for many, many years with no notable changes.

  5. I guess I can try to figure out how to start a blog. I’m nearly 50 though. Perhaps my teenage daughters can assist.

    1. fear not, I’m nearly 50 myself (how’d that sneak up on me?)
      Recruit your daughters and let us know when you get your blog up, we need more stapler nuts in the Typosphere blogroll :D

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