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How did the first ink stamp come about?

Posted by on May 22, 2017

As of today, ink stamps have become a mandatory aspect for most of the business operations. If you ever wondered how the first ink stamp came about, the information available in this article will be useful for you.

As per the sources, the history of rubber stamps is a very long one. The invention of industrial grade rubber took place – as a coincidence – in 1839 by Charles Goodyear as he spiller a sulphur mixture onto a gum rubber.  He patented this invention in 1844 as rubber vulcanising. By that time, people were using non-rubber materials (such as metal) to manufacture marking devices and with the invention of rubber, people gradually considered using rubber as marking devices.

However, before a long time ago, Aboriginal tribes were using a brunt rubber variety for their tattooing, as per the sources. In fact, they applied rubber particles (soot) into the punctured skin and made their tattoos despite the fact that it is not the best tattooing technique.

Native Americans, on the other hand, were using rubber stamps as a part of their tattooing process. As a matter of fact, they were using these rubber stamps to mark the patterns on the body prior to the tattooing process. Even in the modern times, we can see that there are rubber stamps with various patterns than make temporary tattoos on the skin.

It was in 1860 that a little-advanced version of the rubber stamp emerged. It was a brass mechanical dating stamp. It is believed that an American inventor introduced the mechanical hand stamp in order to use during the taxing process.

The first ink

It is difficult to distinguish the person who invented the first ever rubber stamp. However, most of the people believe that the rubber stamp was invented by L.F. Witherell. In fact, the invention of rubber stamp itself is a coincidence; it is said that he was cutting stencils out of thin rubber sheets. Eventually, he realised that he can cut out letters from the sheet and he attached those letters to an old bedpost. This structure made him realise that he can create multiple ink impressions with identical characteristics on various surfaces and that is considered to be the first ‘rubber stamp’.

However, before the invention of the ‘rubber’ stamp, at an earlier date, it is said that someone else in New York has used a rubber stamp in order to make impressions on bathtubs.

As of today, however, custom self inking stamps have become exceptionally popular and a mandatory aspect of businesses across the globe and it is a trait of professionalism. Thanks for the modern technology, ink stamps are manufactured to match a variety of requirements; they are customized with different shapes, sizes, patterns and colours. Most of the official business ink stamps by Dial A Stamp contain the logo of the business, official address and contact information probably with the name of the chairperson. Despite all the modern aspects, ink stamps are still considered to be a symbol of professionalism particularly when it comes to businesses.