Price marker


This, my friends, is a Price Marker, made by the Monarch Tag Company, circa 1916, given to me by my friend Jerry, weighing in at about 25 lbs. A little tinkering with it reveals how it is supposed to work. You select the type from the wooden drawer, arrange it in the magazine, and decide whether you will be printing on a roll of paper (left side) or on “print-fold tickets” (right side), and insert the magazine in the appropriate spot. Then you crank away, and with each revolution, the type is stamped on an inkpad, pressed onto the tag, the paper is advanced, and the counter clicks forward one number. Supremely cool.

It is difficult to crank in its current condition, so I’ll have to figure out where to put oil and whether there are any obstructions or failures. But it does work, if you apply enough force, so the resistance is trivial. Now – finally! – I will be able to print all the price tags I want!

About Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.
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2 Responses to Price marker

  1. Kleiner says:

    Might you be able to modify this for use in grading papers?


  2. Chris says:

    Hmmm, and I thought it was some radical new mangle. Schöne Grüße, Chris


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