A spindle (or colloquially, a spike) is an upright spike used to temporarily hold papers. "Spindling" or "spiking" is the act of spearing an item onto the spike. A spindle was often used in restaurants to hold orders from the waitstaff to the kitchen.
Depending on what sort of records were on a spindle, a string could be put through the holes to bundle the papers together, and the bundle stored.
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