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Milwaukee Pencil Dater

Posted by Larry Nix
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on Thursday, November 20, 2008 in Library artifacts

I came across this illustration in an 1886 Library Bureau supply catalog. It gives credit to the Milwaukee Public Library for creating the pencil dater which became a fixture in most libraries in the first half of the 20th century.  Does anyone have an example of a pencil dater?  Has anyone used one?


 



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Larry Nix Friday, July 23, 2010

I have sent you hight resolution images to use in response to your request. They are not under copyright.

Darlene Seegert Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm writing an article for a community library newsletter and would like to include a picture of the pencil dater. May I copy the picture shown above and print it in the article? Or, do copywrite laws prevent this?
Thanks.

Deborah Shipman Saturday, December 05, 2009

I have found a pencil dater but it is a somewhat different than the one pictured. The stamp portion does not extend away from the pencil tip and I am having trouble figuring out how to use it. Has anyone seen this type?

Larry Nix Tuesday, December 08, 2009

There were several different kinds of pencil daters. I have an old Demco catalog which shows five different ones. There are a couple where the dater was intended to placed on the unsharpened end of the pencil. You would then just reverse the pencil to stamp the date.

Larry Nix Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fern, it is not just pencil daters that are hard to find. Unfortunately, most of the artifacts which library staffs used to conduct library business in the past have largely disappeared. Good luck in finding a pencil dater. Larry

Fern Teleglow Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I've been searching for a pencil dater for a year or two now - I used to use them when I first started working in libraries in the 70's. What happened to them all?

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