The Ace Stapler Model No 202 also known as the Ace Scout has patents starting around 1936. The Ace 202 Standard stapler was made in Chicago, Illinois by the Ace Fastener Corporation. It appears that William G. Pankonin was at least one of the inventors of the 202 patents.
Their tag line was “Makers of the world’s best stapling machines”.
The 202 differs from the 102 in length and design. As far as we can tell there were at least 3 variation in body design to the Scout. There were also at least 3 two tone colored versions including copper/silver, red/silver, green/silver combos. The patents for the more modern looking Ace Stapler Model No 202’s seem to start around 1957. We have yet to find a patent that shows this stapler prior to the 1950’s.
We were able to track down 2 boxes of staples for these and both seem to work. The model No. 202 is stated to use No. 200 staples. However Ace also produced clipper point staples that worked both in the 202 staplers as well as the Ace Clipper Plier No 702 (See last image below).
The Ace Stapler Model No 202 measures over 4 1/2 inches long by about 3 1/2 tall. It is closer to 5 inches long.
Below are some 5 patent dates that appear on the bottom of the Ace Stapler Model No 202 stapler.
Patent number: 2033018
Filing date: Jan 22, 1930
Issue date: Mar 3, 1936
We found other patents that seem to indicate that the 202 scout might have been made starting in the mid to late 50’s. There is a lot of information on the internet that reference the 1930’s patent date as the date for these staplers, which in our opinion is incorrect, at least for the ones that have the downward sloped design.
Patent number: 2780809
Filing date: Jan 25, 1955
Issue date: Feb 12, 1957
Patent number: 2937375
Filing date: Apr 11, 1958
Issue date: May 24, 1960
Below are images of 3 different versions of the Ace Stapler Model No 202 Scout. Ace also produced a stapler known as the Cadet that can be mistaken for the older Scout since they look very similar.
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