Where was Bostitch in all of this? Well, a fresh new way to bind books together was invented in 1896. Thomas Briggs created what would later become known as the wire stitcher, binding books using wire. He later founded the Boston Wire Stitcher Company and released the very first foot-operated Boston Wire Stitchers in 1903. Three years later, the Bostitch Model A Staple Binder was developed. This Bostitch product used the first preformed staples on tin cores.
1914 came around and the Bostitch Model AO was produced. It featured a compact design and simplified loading, great for widespread use. Then, in 1923, the Bostitch Model B-1 Desk Stapler was introduced. It had an affordable stamped steel construction and was the first to use a coiled pusher spring. The development of the first strip of easy-to-load "cemented" staples (standard staples) came a year later in 1924.