Metal tag-making machine

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index

Metal tag-making machine

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Arch One , Area 76
Arch One, Misc.

The tag-making machine is a traditional coin-operated label-making device of the sort that used to be found at piers and larger railway stations.

The machine is green and red, made from cast iron, and located just inside the Museum's entrance door, on the right. It's fully functional and takes 20-pence pieces. For twenty pence you can emboss up to nineteen characters onto an aluminium strip with curved ends. The machine works with an internal continuous reel of aluminium strip, so labels of almost any length are possible by inserting multiple 20p coins.

The machine operates similarly to a "Dymo labelmaker", and best results are obtained by slamming the handle down hard, to make sure that all letters have the same maximum indentation.