Saturday, February 26, 2011

Do Not Fold - - - - - - - or Mutilate

"S-P-I-N-D-L-E "
What does that mean?  
I have a feeling that there's a 
generation or two who have no idea.
 Decades ago bills, receipts and other important
papers were organized by being stuck onto a spindle.
Many were free standing - this one hung on a wall.
Early computers relied on punched cards with 
a series of uniform holes for input & output of data.
A raggedy, misplaced hole would 
muck up the whole operation.
IBM began printing the phrase 
"Do not fold spindle or mutilate"
on the cards.  
And that's the origin of the phrase.

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Jan, I use the phrase all the time but did not know it's origins. Wonderful information. olive

  2. What a great little tidbit thanks for the info.

  3. Well that's a very pretty spindle. In fact I've never seen one so pretty.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I bet your Gracie was just wonderful!

  4. I never knew those things you hang on the wall were called spindles. I love learning new things...thanks.

  5. Heya Jan....!

    I hope you've had a FABULOUS weekend Lovey....!!

    I think I MUST start a spindle collection now....ESPECIALLY if they all look as good as this one....!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah xx

  6. Love learning something new...thanks for sharing!

  7. Well who'd a thunk I'd learn anyfin on a regular ol' Mondee day!

    I love this piece of the past..
    thanks for sharing...

    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

  8. Boy, with today's bills, you'd have to reinforce the wall...HA!

    We were laughing the other day about me moving into my new lil' studio and turning the house back into an antique that's reverse engineering...hmmmm!!!

  9. Very interesting. I love to learn at least one new thing a day.You have filled my quota for today:) Thanks,
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  10. Great post. I see spindles occasionally when I'm out at the antique mall. Such decorative pieces to hold bills and receipts.
    I remember computer punch cards from my computer class in college. I never did understand that class....worse grade I got in college.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.