Addressing Machine

Addressing Machine

Large black desk with four legs and three pedals

An arm extends from the proper back left of the desktop. The mechanical imprinting head extend over to the proper front right of the desk top. The machine is made by the "Addressograph Co., Chicago" and it runs on electricity. Marked 'Addressograph Trade Mark Reg. U.S. Pat Off.' 'A M Class 1900'.

This desk sized machine imprinted addresses from embossed metal plaques to letters and envelopes. The 'Addressograph' addressing machine was used by United Keno Hill Mines office until 1975 to print pay envelopes and to address cheques. A metal plate bearing the name and address of each employee and the suppliers to whom cheques were issued was fed through the arm across the top of the machine to the print area where the address plates were inked and applied to the surface of the paper. The machine plugged into an electrical socket and was controlled by the foot pedals at the bottom. When this Addressograph was retrieved from United Keno Hill Mines, the museum also secured all the metal plates with the names of all the employees and suppliers for the company. Truly, this machine can be counted as an important historical Keno area find!

Institution

Keno City Mining Museum, Keno City

Accession Number

1995.1.135

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