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RE: [PPLetterpress] Re: Elliot addressing machine?

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  • Lance Williams
    No, a completely different monster. I ll have to see if I can find any literature at work today and scan a picture and post it on our website for all to
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 26, 2004
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      No, a completely different monster. I'll have to see if I can find any literature at work today and scan a picture and post it on our website for all to view.... Don't even know if we still have anything....

      -Lance Williams
      lwwill7999@...


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Gerald Lange
      To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: 8/25/2004 11:23:15 PM
      Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: Elliot addressing machine?


      While eBay sightings are generally a no no on various sites, including
      this one, I was wondering if this is the kind of machine you all have
      been discussing:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=26251&item=3834040812&rd=1

      Interesting pics,

      Gerald



      > When I worked for the State of Connecticut we used a large, floor
      model Elliott machine in the 1970's for addressing publications to be
      mailed.I concur with Lance.
      >
      > An additional feature not mentioned was its ability to use punched
      holes in the stencils for coding to select certain members of the
      mailing list. As I recall, there were two types of pins used. One was
      solid and one had a spring. I believe the one with a spring would
      allow boolean logic (and/or) selections. That way, ALL of the stencils
      could be loaded for automatic feed and only those with the special
      code would be selected for printing. I also seem to recall using
      pinfeed labels on the machine for larger pieces, but I may be getting
      mixed up with the high speed line printer at Yale that eventually
      replaced the Elliott, which in turn got replaced by the pc. I was glad
      to see the Elliott go, but it was the best solution to the problem at
      the time. Saved a lot of typing! We sent the stencil-making work to
      Elliott. Too much trouble.We punched our own. As I recell, the punch
      looked sort of like a hand-held lead and slug clipper that held the
      stencil.
      >
      > Paul Gough
      >
      > -
      >
      > Lance Williams <lwwill7999@e...> wrote:
      > Benjamin,
      >
      > I am posting this to the list in general. Thought others might be
      > interested if they don't know about the Elliot addressing machines. We
      > used the se machines to do our bulk mailing addressing for over 50
      years,
      > right up until the end of the 1980's or so. There were many different
      > models made over the years. We had one higher speed semi-automatic
      > machine, but never got it to work too well. We depended upon two older
      > style hand fed manually operated machines to address between 40,000 and
      > 50,000 pieces of advertising per month during the busy part of our sales
      > season (about 3-4 months of the year).
      >
      > These machines used a stencil to press ink through by the
      machine, leaving
      > the cut image in the stencil showing on the envelope. These
      stencils were
      > cut with a modified typewriter, and then had to be run through the
      machine
      > about 4 times to get "inked up" so they would work properly. We used to
      > have 10 or 11 cabinets of cut stencils in storage in our "addressing
      room"
      > holding all the addresses of our advertising base. These cabinets
      were 7
      > feet tall, 3 feet wide and about 2 feet deep. Each one held about 100
      > trays of stencils, and each tray held about 250 stencils (11 cabinet
      = 1100
      > trays = 275,000 stencils).
      >
      > A tray of stencils gets dropped into the top hopper on the
      right side of
      > the machine, and the stencils run through the rails across the machine,
      > each one passing under the rubber roller that rolls on the big metal ink
      > roller, and each cycle of the machine brings the rubber roller down onto
      > the stencil, and a corresponding cast iron plate comes up from a hole in
      > the table to squeeze the envelope to be addressed and the stencil by the
      > inked rubber roller, sending ink through the cuts in the stencil
      material
      > onto the envelope.
      >
      > I only ever operated the two hand-fed manual units, and when
      we could no
      > longer get stencil to update lists, we had to switch to pressure
      sensitive
      > labels. All the changes with postal regulations and discounted postage
      > rates for automated (barcoded) mail basically doomed these machines to
      > oblivion. We scrapped the last two machines about 10 years ago since we
      > had no use for them anymore...
      >
      > - Lance Williams
      > Williams Stationery Co., Inc.
      > Camden, NY 13316
      > www.kadetstationery.com
      >
      > -Lance Williams
      > lwwill7999@e...
      >
      >
      > > [Original Message]
      > > From: Benjamin Jenness <benjenness@h...>
      > > To: <PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Date: 8/24/2004 1:32:51 PM
      > > Subject: [PPLetterpress] Elliot addressing machine?
      > >
      > > Hello PPLetterpress group,
      > >
      > > I am a new member of the group, and have a question about an
      interesting
      > > piece of machinery that I recently acquired. It is called an Elliot
      > > Addressing Machine made by the Elliot Addressing Machine Co. in
      Cambridge
      > > Mass. I have no idea when this machine was made or for how long
      they were
      > > produced. It appears to be an envelope addressing machine, and
      seems to
      > need
      > > an old fashion ink ribbon of some sort to work. It is a small
      tabletop
      > > letterpress style machine, and if anyone has any information about
      it,
      > > please drop me a line.
      > > -Thanks
      > > benjenness@h...
      > >



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