OK contest time. Prize is just fame and glory. But it might be fun.
Identify this device and the common phrase associated with it. Don’t post your answer publicly. Send it to me in an email or private message. I’ll post the winners in a few days.
And we have winner! But first let’s review some of the incorrect answers.
No, this is not a model of the Apollo 11. You would think the lack of an American Flag would have ruled that out.
No, this is not a paper towel holder or a toilet paper holder. The diameter is too narrow for both.
This device is a spindle.. It is a device for holding paper documents
You see, kiddies, back in the day, paper was used in business offices to record various forms and business documents. There was a geat deal of printing documents and circulating them. As rudimentary as it seems, organizations were able to implement basic office processes by writing documents and passing them around from one person to another, one department to another, one business unit to another.
Ir was all very slow and tedious and desks used to be covered with papers and folders (also made out of paper!).
It was all very difficult to manage, especially when you realize this was back in th days before air conditioning was common place. So people used to have fans blowing and open windows. You can see where this is going. There used to be a terrible problem with keeping papers from flying all over the place.
So one of the technologies developed to help keep papers in place was a spindle. So you’d ram the tall pointy part through the paper and it would keep the paper from blowing away:
As useful as this is, there was a downside to the spindle technology. It’s kind of unsightly to have a gaping hole in the center. And once punctured by the spindle, the little hole tended to tear and get bigger and bigger over time.
And some documents were deemed very important pieces of paper. Official records, certificates, etc. And so there needed to be a way to tell future readers of the document that this is an important document that should not be compromised. And this gave rise to adding, at the bottom of very important documents the phrase, “do not fold, spindle, or mutilate.”
Hat tip to my friend Lee, who was the only person who knew what this item is. He’s also the only friend I have that is older than me and may have also seen one of these things actually used