Best Date Stamps: Trodes and Self-Inking Dates
Trotz is a word from the German language meaning “to turn over.” Trode means “to turn” or “turning over,” so it’s not surprising that the term trotting refers to turning over dates. The term date stamp was coined in England in 1887 when a woman named Mary Trodstone created a stamp with her initials on it. She called it a “date stamp” because she thought the letters would make a nice decorative mark on paper.
The first self-inked date stamp was printed in Britain in 1910 by John Brown & Co., Ltd. The company’s name came from its founder, John Brown, who had been interested in making stamps since childhood. Brown took his interest further when he invented a machine that could print out stamps at the press instead of having to hand-write them each time.
His invention made printing date stamps much easier than they were before.
The earliest known example of a self-inked date stamp is from 1915. A man named William Tuckwell used a machine to ink his own name on one side of the stamp and his wife’s name on the other side. Tuckwell claimed that he did this to make it easy for him to remember which side was which, but others have suggested that he might have done it just for fun! The U.S.
version of this type of date stamp was invented later in 1915.
The design of the standard self-inking date stamp has barely changed since then. The only real design changes involve changing the color of the ink, and making the design smaller so that more numbers can fit on a page. If you are looking for a self-inking date stamp, you can find one in dozens of different designs and colours. You can also find them in non-standard colors like silver or gold.
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