70s inventory stamp

Zest inventory stampZest inventory stamp
made in Australia 1970s

This is a steel inventory stamp – it has five rubber wheels that run from 0-10, with the addition of $, c, ½, /. Each wheel can be moved independently so you can set the numbering sequence or monetary value required. [½ c! imagine when that was a possibility someone needed to stamp!]

You can stamp sequentially, or lock the stamp to create the same five digit [or symbol] sequence. This is old skool analogue technology – but how cool are those slightly mis-matched inked numbers?

And- I ask you- who doesn’t like to stamp?

The ink pad shown is for styling purposes only- it is of the same era as the stamp, so has run dry [although never opened.] Fortunately ink pads- in a myriad of ink colours- are still available to buy.

The stamp is made from heavy grade steel and so will be good for stamping into the next century, after coming from the last. It’s had little wear and most of the rubber wheels have not been used.

The Zest stamp is for sale: $35 [provide your own ink pad]

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Retro office equipment

Dymo label makers, # 1780, made in USA c.1972
Teledex index, made in Melbourne, Australia c.1970
Date stamp, made in Australia, sometime in the C20th

Retro office equipment- for real work, or just for fun! The 70s orange Dymo ‘1780’ label makers come with labelling tape – they take 3/8” tape [9mm] – so you can get labelling straight away.  The Dymo tape is still available today; most larger stationery shops stock it. One label maker comes complete with its original box and full instructions. You can see the font type of the ‘1780’; just click on the image and look at the black label adorning the label maker on the left. The label is accurate it’s….FUN…FUN!

The mustard-coloured Teledex is bakelite, and comes complete with ‘unused’ pale blue file inserts. Very 70s! No retro inspired office should be without one. Sure, everyone keeps telephone numbers on their mobile phones nowadays…but how much fun is it to zip that little knob up and down and push the button to spring open the index? I could do it all day.

And no collection would be complete without a date stamp. Stamp like its 1999!      For sale: $AUD95

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