This postcard stencil duplicator arrived with its original box (showing its age, though I haven’t been able to pinpoint even the decade in which this was manufactured), and with a small envelope of aged stencils and several paper slips that should’ve been discarded once their stencils were used. Although the stencils are unusable, I appreciate having them because they include the guide holes that allow the stencil to be “installed” correctly. I intend to make use of them to jerry-rig a stencil-holder when I start working with thermal stencils.
Additional materials include two instruction sheets (one side with instructions, the other with a price list.
Additionally, an empty bottle of ink and a nearly-empty bottle of correction fluid were included. The ink and correction fluid were intended to accompany a Print-O-Matic postcard duplicator and carry that brand name.
The main attraction is the duplicator itself, and the registration guide that completes the set. This duplicator is essentially a “stamp pad” with a reservoir for the ink. Its curved surface allows for even inking on the postcard, and the registration guide makes alignment easy. This duplicator has a used ink pad still installed. The reservoir cap seems to be stuck. The varnish on the handle is rough and the wood is quite dry. There is old ink on both the duplicator and the guide.
What’s needed to restore it and make it work
- exterior cleaning DONE (used Dawn dish soap and water)
- paint touch-up (not likely)
- ink-reservoir cap release DONE (got it open while cleaning)
- reservoir cleaning DONE
- ink pad replacement DONE (see this post for the Heyer Lettergraph 60 ink-pad specifications and a tutorial to make your own.)
- stencils DONE (using Riso master thermal stencil)
- ink DONE (Riso ink)
Aaaaand she’s functional!