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Continuing my recent tendency for writing about staplers, today’s post is another about that subject.  Not only that, but this will be the third post about a sub-category of staplers that I’ve always loved, the miniature stapler.

Miniature staplers are without a doubt one of the oddest, but coolest, office items you will ever come across.  And in that category of odd but cool the number one spot belongs to the Presto Model 30 Mini Stapler.

The Presto 30’s size and shape make it perfect for holding in the palm of your hand and the plunger has been designed to be used with your thumb. The mechanism was simple and most importantly it was totally encased in the body of the stapler keeping it well-protected from dirt and grime.  Unlike its sibling, the Presto DeLuxe, the Model 30 base could swing 180 degrees so that it could be used as a tacker.

The Model 30 was made from 100% steel.  The body and base were chrome plated and the plunger was either enameled or polished steel.  The parts were made from pressed-steel that was riveted together.  This made for a well-built stapler but one that really couldn’t be repaired if anything happened to it.  That being said, many of these are still working today attesting to their build quality.


The Presto 30 measures 2.5″ L x .875″ W x 1.75″ H and weighs 3 ounces empty.  It uses Presto 165 staples. This is a proprietary sized staple that is larger than a #10 but smaller than a standard size.

newspaper ad from 1949

The Model 30 was first advertised in 1949 and was available until at least 1963.  However, the patent for this stapler wasn’t applied for until 1950 and was finally granted in 1953.  If you find a Presto Model 30 stapler check the bottom of the base.  If it states “Pat Pend” then you know it was made before June of 1953.  If it gives the patent number then it was manufactured after June 1953.

Like the Swingline Tot 50 and the Wilson-Jones Buddy Jr, the Model 30 could also be purchased in a small kit within a plastic case.  However, where both the Tot 50 and Buddy Jr only included a stapler and staples, the Model 30 kit came with a stapler, staples, pencil sharpener, one-hole punch, and a flexible ruler.

The Presto Model 30 Mini Stapler is really a great little fastener.  The only thing that would stop me from recommending your using one of these vintage gems is the difficulty of finding staples for it.

newspaper ad from 1963

a rainbow of model 30’s

Patent and Other Information:


  1. Hook’s Drug Stores (1949, June), advertisement, The Evening Republican, page 2
  2. Segner’s 5-10-25 Stores (1950, September), advertisement, The Van Nuys News, page 2
  3. Horder’s Office Supply Catalog (1961), Chicago, IL, page 62
  4. Sav-On Drug Stores (1963, March), advertisement, Los Angeles Times, page 8
  5. WOSCO, Inc. Catalog (1963), Greensburg, PA, page 8

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