I have several whose owners used good old Dymo Labelmakers, which after Mr. Messenger’s post I now think of as simplex typewriters.
I have three machines labeled this way and I also have three Dymos, by the way – eventually they will see use in a post.
Others have used handwriting, either by pen
or Dremel tool
The other category of historical tagging is that which gives clues to the machine’s working life. This is usually in the form of a small label or asset tag, sometimes with a tracking number.
And finally, there’s the tag meant to be seen by the person on the other side of the machine – customer, client, whatever they are called in context. This one is from the police department FP:
|So when I see these marks I tend to preserve them. I even try to look up previous owners but have come up empty. I have plenty of machines so the few bearing this provenance won't be stripped or repainted or even too thoroughly cleaned, but instead I will remember that these were tools that may have worked very hard before they came to me.|