Starting around the mid-1950’s, Vail Manufacturing started rebranding all of their wares under the Monarch brand name. As they were known for making basic office supplies you soon had offerings such as Monarch staples, Monarch paper clips, Monarch pins, Monarch thumb tacks and as of 1958 – the Monarch Stapler.
There are no noticeable differences between the Victor and the Monarch aside from the inscription on the top of the plunger handle. The Monarch still weighs 1 pound 12 ounces empty and measures 8.25″ L x 2.25″ W x 2.75″ H. The height of both the Victor and the Monarch are the same. Any difference is due to how much elasticity remains in the base spring.
When the Monarch was first introduced it came in a number of colors including green, tan, ivory, castle gray, aristocrat red, royal brown, viscount chrome, and 24 kt. gold-plate. I don’t know for sure if green, ivory, gold or tan also had “monarchist” names for their colors but I’d be surprised if they didn’t. Baronial tan maybe? Countess green?
The Monarch Stapler was available from Vail Manufacturing from 1958 through the end of 1965. In January 1966 ACCO acquired Vail Manufacturing and continued to sell the Monarch under the ACCO name until 1971. Shortly after acquiring Vail Manufacturing, ACCO moved the manufacture of the Monarch to Japan and while it remained a good stapler, it was never quite the same quality.
Beginning around 1970 ACCO began redesigning their stapler line to a new modern squared design and by 1972 all of their staplers were of similar design and this meant the Monarch no longer fit their aesthetic.
Patent and Other Information:
- Patent 2551898 filed 04/20/50 granted 05/08/51
- Patent 2624046 filed 12/03/49 granted 01/06/53
- Patent 2788522 filed 02/10/54 granted 04/16/57
- Monarch Stapling Machine Instructions
- Pantagraph Printing & Stationery Co (1958, June 11), advertisement, The Pantagraph, page 6
- Scrantom’s (1960, September 25), advertisement, Democrat and Chronicle, page 46
- Horder’s Office Supply Catalog (1961), Chicago, IL
- Scrantom’s (1963, September 15), advertisement, Democrat and Chronicle, page 5
- Wosco, Inc. Catalog (1963), Greensburg, PA, page 7
- McDonald, Stingel and Bush Office Supply Catalog (1964), Saginaw, MI, page 355
- Pepp, Dominic (1966, January 4), Acco Plans Expansion, Watertown Daily Times, page 2
- Roger A. Podany Office Supplies (1971, October 7), advertisement, Minneapolis Tribune, page 22B
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