Roll With It: Machine age Scotch Tape Dispenser, ca. 1940s

One of the things I’ve tried to highlight in this blog is the intrinsic quality and design that products from previous eras possess. Certain items, though utilitarian can be beautiful and more importantly, stand up to a battering.

Case in point: The Scotch tape dispenser. Manufactured out of cast iron and weighing several pounds, these tank-like desk models stayed in their place and kept performing year after year.

The model pictured is the rarer, large version that holds either two standard rolls of tape or one large packing roll. These larger models were usually confined to packing rooms, offices and factories where they’d be put to constant use so it’s great to find one in such good shape.

All things being equal, there’s no reason why this one wont last another 70 years!

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