Are you a fan of staplers? More specifically, are you a fan of Ace Aceliners? You aren’t alone in your attraction to this long-lasting, very popular model that was first offered in 1941 and that is *still* being sold by Ace Fastener. While casual examination of any model made in the past 60+ years might suggest that very few changes were made in the design, very careful examination will show quite a few subtle and not-so-subtle changes made as the model was updated. My friend Frank Parsons, author of definitive books on Hotchkiss and Neva-Clog fasteners, has turned his research attention to the Ace Fastener Company and its very popular models.
Frank’s initial research has already turned up some very interesting information, including (potentially – he needs more examples to be sure) a datecode on some models (including the Aceliner) which possibly gives the Month and Year of manufacture. So – what he needs is for his research is for YOU to take a look at your Aceliners (or any you have access to) and email him the answers to the following questions to “frankparsons (at) verizon (dot) net“:
- Handle Color (Brown, Red, Green, Black, Grey, White or Beige)
[photo shows Beige, Grey and Brown examples]
- Handle Shape (round or scalloped)
- Date Code (NA if none – Non-datecoded examples are 1941-1961)
[there are small push-buttons, one on each side of the stapler just below the handle – push these in to unlock the top of the stapler and pull up to reveal the datecode on the right side of the front of the stapler]
Theory on Interpreting the code: “389” = March, 1989 – “287” = Feb, 1987
- Bottom (Split vs. Solid) [see photo]
- Puzzle or Plain Front [see Photo, open top of stapler to get better view]
- Foot Pattern (Horizontal or Diamond)
- Visual Staple Indicator (Yes or No)
- Number of Patents listed on bottom.
- Removable Feed (can the feed rod be taken fully out or does it pull out to the end and then swing up)
- OPTIONAL: weight of stapler without any staples (empty)
- Staple Type listed on bottom of stapler (2025 or 20253)
Please send in your responses as soon as you can – research is ongoing. Thank you!