Elliott Addressing Machine Co. tool

Description (Brief)
A specialized metal tool used to insert stencils into the metal frame of an addressing machine. It has advertising copy on the celluloid handle for Elliott Addressing Machine Co. of Boston, Mass. This tool was probably given to customers who purchased the machines.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
after 1900
Whitehead & Hoag Company
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (handle material)
ferrous metal (overall material)
overall: 1.2 cm x 14.5 cm x .5 cm; 1/2 in x 5 11/16 in x 3/16 in
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


I happen to have one of these tools in reasonably good condition. When were they handed out?
"Hello Bob,Thanks for your question. It inspired me to do a little more digging about the company, and I found out that the Elliot Addressing Machine Co. started in 1900. I'm not sure when these would have been given away, but it would have to be after that date. I've updated the record with this date as well, so thank you for asking!--Mallory Warner, Curatorial Assistant, Division of Medicine and Science"

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