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Union, ME, duplex hammer handstamp

Description:

This postmarker was manufactured circa 1900-1931. The nine-bar oval steel die is secured to a cross-bar, with the mortised postmarker steel head mounted in parallel. Earlier styles featured a brass tube instead of the nine-bar oval die. Cut-to-length cork, rubber, or tightly-rolled paper were inserted in the tube and used to obliterate the postage stamp.

Postal employees who postmarked mail found that the task was simpler with a hand movement allowed by a long handle, akin to hammering. This long-handle handstamp was a postal employee's modification. Not until the Pitney Bowes Model S-55 handstamp was introduced were postmarking devices supplied with an extended handle.

The employee modification consisted of removing the usual vertically-placed wooden handle and ferrule. This left an upright spike projecting from the back of the postmarker head or cross-bar. The spike could be threaded or placed through a split at the end of the handle that was bolted together to secure the head in place.

Reference:

Bond, Arthur H. "Time-saving, Duplex Handstamp; Its Invention, Use and Manufacture." Postal History Journal 10 (June 1963): 59-63.

Date:
September 3, 1954
Markings:
literal: UNION / MAINE / SEP / 3 / 830 A / 1954
Medium:
metal; wood
Dimensions:
10.5 x 2 x 4.5 in (26.67 x 5.08 x 11.43 cm)
Museum ID:
1988.0088.45
Place:
Maine

  • Union, ME, duplex hammer handstamp
  • Union, ME, duplex hammer handstamp
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