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A History Of Stamps In The Workplace

Stamps have become an important part of day-to-day business operations in Melbourne. No business today can survive without stamps. They not only bring convenience but also reduce the chances of human-errors. They eliminate the need for typing or writing the same thing repetitively. Have you ever wondered where it all began?

The story of stamps began in 1763 when French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine discovered rubber in the Amazon river basin. Charles Goodyear in 1839, spilt a mixture of sulphur and gum rubber on a hot stove curing the rubber. In 1844, he named and patented this vulcanisation process. In the 1800s, marking devices were made of materials other than rubber. There is a debate regarding who  created the rubber stamps. According to one of the theories L.F. Witherell claims that he invented the rubber stamps when he attached fixed rubber letters at the end of a bedpost. The second theory involves James Orton Woodruff, who borrowed the vulcaniser and used them as rubber stamp production. Rubber stamps were mounted on wooden bases with handles made out of wood such as Cherry or Walnut. By the early 1900’s the stamp industry was becoming well established. After World War II, companies started making stamps made from plastic instead of wood. By early 1970’s self-inking stamps were introduced with a built in stamp pad.


Rubber  stamps have come a long way and now  you can easily get custom made stamps for all your needs. Many businesses today rely on these stamps to save time and money and make sure that all the paperwork is properly documented. There are basically 3 types of rubber stamps- traditional, where the pad is in a separate container from the stamp. Self-inking stamp, which has self-contained die and pre-inked stamps, where the dye is impregnated with the ink. Popular stamps include address stamps and checks endorsement stamps.

Rubber stamps are still very popular for some 150 years since the earliest version came into existence. You should purchase stamps only from a reliable stationery or manufacturer in Melbourne.