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ahh, History!  the "small triangualar shaped solering iron" that
comes to my mind was used to heat bind spine labels - one
modern step away from the stylus-type electric pen used to
transfer the hand-scribed call number using foil paper.
Maybe the Smithsonian?

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The "small triangular shaped soldering iron with wooden
handle" was used
to "brand" the call number or other information into the binding.
Using
it with a piece of colored foil paper would make the brand the
color of
the foil.

On Mon, 10 Feb 1997, Erik C. Delfino wrote:

>  In cleaning out a storage room, the U.S. Naval Observatory
discovered
> the antique equipment listed below.  If anyone knows of a
library
> equipment archive, please let me know.
>
> Mimeograph machine for printing library cards.  Includes
stencils
> for typing cards and ink.  (2 machines - one very old, and one
from
> the 1960's)
>
> Electric eraser for erasing catalog cards (includes box of
eraser
> refills)
>
> Small triangular shaped soldering iron with wooden handle.
Not
> clear what this was used for, but is is clearly a library tool.
>
>  The Naval Observatory Library will pay shipping costs.
>
>
>                                  New Phone Numbers:
> Brenda G. Corbin, Librarian      Phone: 202/762-1463
> U. S. Naval Observatory          Fax: 202/762-1083
> 3450 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
> Washington, D.C.  20392-5420              e-mail:
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> USNO Library Home Page:
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