Rubber stamps: Typewriters, ephemera, etc.

Stamp Companies

Blue Diamond Stamp Company

Hero Arts Stamps
Rubber Soul Stamps
River City Rubber Works
Art Impressions Rubber Stamps
A Muse Artstamps
JudiKins stamps
Paper Source
Invoke Arts
American Art Stamp


  1. Glad to read that you are a collector. I wish you many years of good luck! — Frank

  2. Great stamp collection, thanks. Regarding the Kodachrome slide stamp, this is only fitting, given the fact that the end of this year marks the end of Kodachrome processing by Dwayne’s in KC.

    As for the bellows camera stamp, this is an old medium format (rollfilm) folder image. No dark cloth required. But then, I’m a camera geek, so there.

    Your telephone stamps remind me that I have enough rotary dial telephones around the house (three) that it warrants a blog topic.


  3. Hey, Strikethru! Finally, another typecast! Anyhow, I would just like to let you know that the Royal Standard stamp looks to me like a Royal KHM from the 1930’s. Here’s a picture:


  4. I knew one of you camera guys would know…

    And Matt, I think you’re right!

  5. Lovely stamps Strikethru! I love to collect things too, which makes my lack of money more of a blessing. Stamps are one thing I’ve never really gotten into, but being a music and literature snob really does take a lot of my time/money/brain space, lol!

    I super duper love rotary dial phones. I used to have a princess phone that my grandmother gave me, but I was little and I got bored of it. Truthfully, I don’t like them as much as the classic Bell phones. I’m constantly hunting for them in every color imaginable, and they have to cost less than $10, haha.

    I’ve missed your typecasts. 🙂

    word verif: “rebuings”

  6. Those are pretty cool. The only camera I really wanted to “collect” was a Speed Graphic. As for stamps I carve my own for letterboxing. They aren’t as finely detailed or neat as these, but it’s fun to do. I may have to post a scan or two.

  7. These are very tempting. I want to begin a collection of retro, detailed stamps.

  8. These are cute! I like that one typewriter has just 3 rows of keys, and another has — SIX!

  9. Very fun — love all those stamps, especially the typewriters and cameras. Now that you mention it, I am good at collecting too. Really enjoy your posts.

  10. Those are pretty cool stamps. I’ve been inspired by a couple of typewriterpals (as opposed to penpals, of course) that use a stamp on their letters and I’ve thought of trying to find a good one. Did you get them in Woodinville?

    The lovely Mrs. and I hung out in Portland all weekend and I finally got to check out Ace (I first read about it on your blog). I didn’t buy anything but it’s a pretty neat little hole in the wall. I was pleased that such a place still exists.

    I should also add that old rotary telephones rule. Our main phone in the kitchen is from the 1930s. The sound is crystal-clear and nothing beats the loud BAA-RIIIIING of the brass bells inside.

  11. Lovely collection! I bet you are going to love the USPS Industrial Design set of postage that comes out in 2011.

  12. Yeah, I’ve been elbow deep in the Hermes margin settings recently. You aren’t kidding, there’s certainly nothing magic about them!

  13. An amazing curated collection!

  14. Joe’s right about that bellows camera being a handheld rollfilm model.

    The darkcloth thing is so a plate camera photographer can see and focus the image being projected onto the ground glass. It always cracks me up when I see modern portrayals where the photographer remains underneath the darkcloth as he’s firing the flash. By that time, the plate holder would have been inserted (thus blocking the focusing glass and making the darkcloth irrelevant), the aperture and shutter speed set, and presumably the shutter cocked, all of which the photographer would have to come out from under the cloth to do.

    All of this time-consuming futzing is part of why a popular studio accessory was a pole with a curved piece that held children’s heads still.

  15. Joel here from Urgent Typewriter Correspondence. That Royal stamp is of a machine I have, from 1933. Matt says it is a KHM. This may be, as I have not been able to exactly identify where the KHMs started. Based on the Typewriter Serial Number Database I have been calling mine a late model No. 10, but somewhere in there are the KHMs, which may apply to this one too. The photo Matt linked definitely corresponds to mine, serial number 1686090, from 1933. This model is superficially quite similar to a 1924 No. 10 I used to have, with the major changes being carriage shift instead of basket shift, the 5 tab keys on the front, the spool covers, and the replacement of the window with an uglier opaque thing (visible in Matt’s image). It also sounds quite different when typing. If Machines of Loving Grace calls it a KHM and not a No. 10, I’ll go with that. Note that the linked image does not have the 5 tab keys, so that may confuse things slightly. Actually, it looks like most images I find of KHMs do not have those, so this may not be exactly right, but it’s a good guess. I definitely feel safe about the 1933 part, though.

  16. Leave it to the typosphere to be able to identify the exact typewriter make and model from a blurry art stamp.

  17. A

    LOL I have tons of rubber stamps, including one of a typewriter that has a piece of paper coming out of it. I have always typed on adding machine tape (just the write size) and made it come out of the stamp. I have a couple of typewriters, but am really looking to another Royal Arrow that types in all caps which is what I learned how to type on.

  18. Anonymous

    Matt keeps telling me he’s going to bring us to Turkey. I almost want to go there just for the food. Drool!
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