RE: [PPLetterpress] Re: Elliot addressing machine?
- 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....
----- Original Message -----
From: Gerald Lange
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
> 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
> Paul Gough
> Lance Williams <lwwill7999@e...> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> the cut image in the stencil showing on the envelope. These
> cut with a modified typewriter, and then had to be run through the
> 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
> holding all the addresses of our advertising base. These cabinets
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> -Lance Williams
> > [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
> > piece of machinery that I recently acquired. It is called an Elliot
> > Addressing Machine made by the Elliot Addressing Machine Co. in
> > Mass. I have no idea when this machine was made or for how long
> > produced. It appears to be an envelope addressing machine, and
> > an old fashion ink ribbon of some sort to work. It is a small
> > letterpress style machine, and if anyone has any information about
> > please drop me a line.
> > -Thanks
> > benjenness@h...
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