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Jackson, NH, circular hammer handstamp, REC'D

Description:

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 handled 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.

Date:
June 27, 1895
Markings:
JACKSON N.H. / REC'D; JUN / 27 / 15M / 1895
Medium:
metal; wood
Dimensions:
1.75 x 1.5 x 11.5 in (4.44 x 3.81 x 29.21 cm)
Museum ID:
1992.2002.336
Place:
New Hampshire

  • Jackson, NH, circular hammer handstamp, REC'D
  • Jackson, NH, circular hammer handstamp, REC'D
  • Jackson, NH, circular hammer handstamp, REC'D
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