Manufacturers have always sought ways to keep their names in front of potential purchasers—especially large industrial purchasing agents. Shown above, a cast iron letter rack from the 1880’s. Made for “Diamond K”—which I think was a tool manufacturer (Kreauter?)—this letter holder would be left-behind by a traveling company salesman. Notes, letters or photos could be placed within the spring-holder and a couple of pens could rest atop the little pointed feet. And, of course, the purchasing agent would be reminded to call the good people at “Diamond K” every time they needed a new set of wrenches (or whatever it was “Diamond K” sold). It’s still in great shape, ready to help your dad organize his desk and workday.
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