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R. H. Smith Manufacturing Company

"The Easy" sign marker : with rule and spacer for printing straight and curved lines.

[Springfield, Massachusetts] : [R.H. Smith Manufacturing Company], [not before 1898]
Physical Description:
1 set (80 character pieces, rule, spacer, 2 ink pads) ; in wood case 25 x 67 x 6 cm
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Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Title from printed label on the inside of the box top.
"The Easy" sign marker sets were marketed by companies in the United States (S.M. Spencer Mfg. Co., New York Stencil Works, J.I. Marcher) and Great Britain (W.B. Fordham & Sons). The manufacturer, R.H. Smith Manufacturing Company, was based in Springfield, Massachusetts.
"Patented April 17, 1894. April 22, 1897. March 8, 1898. Patented in England, April, 1894. No 8,000. R.H. Smith Mfg. Co., Patentees. Made in U.S.A."--Printed label.
Accompanied by a W.B. Fordham & Sons catalog of "The Easy" sign marker sets.
Accompanied by a postcard stamped with the words "Vote for DUKE" made from characters in the present set.
The rubber stamps in this set correspond to set no. 3, "Elder," with a full set of capitals, small letters, numbers, points, and ornaments. See the catalog issued by W.B. Fordham & Sons Ltd. (London), pages [2] and [11]. In the Yale Center for British Art copy of this catalog, this set is annotated with a price of "22/6."
Subject Terms:
Rubber stamp printing.
Signs and signboards.
Rubber stamps.
Type (composition equipment)
W. B. Fordham & Sons Limited (London, England)

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