By 1989 they were also advertising this model in New Pastel Colors so it isn’t unusual to find this version in colors like lavender.
I’m cheating a little on this one by lumping the different versions into one category.
It should be noted that these were also available in “executive” versions which were black and gold-plated and there was also a grey colored deluxe model. The changes from the first version are mostly cosmetic and consist of a more squared body making it look very much like a tiny model 747.
The model name “Tot 50” is also no longer imprinted on the top. By 1988 Swingline had decided that some more design changes were necessary.
They were all important for different reasons, but the one reason they all have in common is that they were all revolutionary and innovative in an industry that is seen from the outside world as conservative and slow-to-change.
And out of the above the most surprising fastener on this list would be the Tot 50 The Tot 50 was not the first Swingline stapler to hold this moniker.
The new Tot (no longer with the “50”) stapler came in a number of different bright colors and different models.
There was a Grip model, a folding keychain model, and for lack of a better term their “standard” Tot model (see picture above).
While the Tot 50 was available through normal office suppliers for businesses, its success really came from the consumer end – students and home/home office users.So, just as I did on an earlier post about the Scotch C20 Tape Dispenser let’s look at the available clues and see if we can refine that thirty year timeframe to something more accurate.Note that I’ve circled four items and that I’ve numbered these from one through four. Taking all the clues into consideration, we can determine that this particular stapler was made between 19.While this is still a seven year period it is considerably tighter than the thirty year period we started with.My goal with the above was simply to look at the information that could be gleaned from the bottom of the stapler.