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As an adjunct to the book and stationery business a small printing office was added, and the first step of his real life's work was taken. Believing that a market existed for pencil and writing papers arranged in tablet form, the first experi- mental lots were made using copper tacks as a means for stapling the leaves and back together. The manufacturing plant at this time consisted of a small Gordon press and its operator, and a hand power cutting machine and its operator, plus the dynamic "Scotch-Irish" push of the young proprietor. With an abiding faith in printer's ink and publicity, the little business grew and prospered, outgrowing building after building. In 1884 the first new building of what is now one of America's model factory groups was built, five others following as the busi- ness expanded. Incorporation was made in 1891 as the J. C. Blair Company.