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Artifact Detective: Rite-Line Paper Holder

November 21, 2011 | Authored by nlem

Please help us uncover some of the stories behind our objects. Leave a comment with anything you may know about the featured item. We welcome all information, and we’d appreciate sources and citations when possible. Thanks!

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What we know:

  • This item belonged to Rita Trombly Manning when she worked for the FBI from the 1940s to 1970s.
  • We know Ms. Trombly worked as a stenographer, someone who takes notes in shorthand, in various departments, including the Records and Communications Division and the Crime Records Division.
  • A note included with the object says, “Device allows you to insert an already typed paper and add another line to it.”
  • Office supply: Rite-Line Copy Holder. Front view. 2011.12.6 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Office supply: Rite-Line Copy Holder. Side view. 2011.12.6 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Office supply: Rite-Line Copy Holder. 2011.12.6 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.

    What we want to know:

  • What is the primary purpose of this device?
  • How does this object work with a piece of paper?
  • What year was this item made and in what years was it used?
  • Was this an everyday office supply?
  • Was this a common office supply for law enforcement offices?
  • If you have any information about this object or own an object similar to this, leave us a comment!


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