We utilise rubber stamps for a variety of reasons in our daily lives such as for work, business, branding, hobbies, as well as for arts and crafts. The greatest thing about rubber stamps is that it can be used by people of all ages!
Here are THREE interesting facts about rubber stamps that you probably didn't know about!
Fact #1: The first rubber stamp was spotted back in the mid-1860s
There was a great controversy about who developed the first rubber stamp back in the mid-1860s. L.F Witherell claimed that he discovered the production of rubber stamps by attaching rubber marks and letters to the end of a bedpost back in 1886. He did it with the intention of labelling wooden pumps for identification purposes. Another claimant was James Orton Woodruff who observed wooden washtubs being imprinted with hand carved rubber letters mounted on curved wooden blocks and coloured with printer's ink between 1864 and 1866. James later launched a well-publicized company to mass create customized stamps; however, none of his stamps are known to survive today since the inks used at the time included solvents that ruined the rubber.
Fact #2: Native American use rubber stamps to mark patterns on their body
It is believed that Native Americans used rubber stamps to mark patterns on their body for tatooing at a later stage. Before rubber stamps were mass manufactured for use, rubber stamps were used in a primitive form. For instance, they were used and made by hand in various different countries and India is one of the countries included. In India, primitive stamps were created with mud to mold shapes. The molded shapes are then coated with coloring using other ingredients to ensure that it can be stamped on different materials.
Fact #3: Rubber Stamps are closely related to dentistry
The history of rubber stamps can be said to have been closely connected with the dentistry field as their invention was assisted by the usage in dentistry mould bases. Denture bases made using vulcanised rubber were cheaper, easier to mould and originated from the same process as the first rubber stamp.
Nowadays, most of the rubber stamps are custom-made and created for business usage. Typically, these business rubber stamps feature a company logo, address, and contact information which are made to order. Technology advancement has also contributed to the production of various types of rubber stamp with their own unique features. Checkout the main types of rubber stamps available in the market today: