As promised, we are back to our weekly throwback blog; this Thursday we chose to get creative with some vintage Fitterer’s Stamps from the cabinet!
We’ve briefly featured a few of these before, but today decided to go a little further, trying them out and examining how they were made.
Most stamps that we know today are either self inking (very popular in businesses for streamlined clear prints and ease of use) or classic rubber hand stamps that require an ink pad and a steady hand. We have five of these mechanical hand stamps with various origins, four of which are embossed with Fitterer’s branding. The fifth stamp is the smallest, and prints the name “George Fitterer” when inked.
Rubber stamps gained popularity after the 1860’s, but some of ours are actually made from metal. Both of the “Fitterer Bros” stamps that we have are metal vs. the more typical rubber material. We don’t have specific dates for these stamps , but they likely date back to the 40’s and 50’s based on the logos.
The metal stamps were definitely harder to keep ink on, and came out with less of a clear impression when used. You can still see some of the vintage logos in the impressions that we got – they’re just slightly spotty.
The rubber stamps we have , including the ‘Fitterer Brothers’ stamp, the George Fitterer Stamp and the ‘Paid’ stamp were slightly easier to get a clear print from. George Fitterer’s personal stamp was definitely the clearest print of all five, though thanks to age and regular use, it’s difficult to get any “perfect” impressions.
Regardless of the print quality, these stamps were fun to try out with our ink pad here in the store!