The Wizard Stamp Affixer was something we hadn’t seen before. We came across the Wizard Stamp Affixer at an antique store and thought what the heck. Ok… I will come clean. Kathleen actually found it, but I made it my job to figure out what the heck the thing did. It was selling for $19 and I figured that was probably a good deal, so I snapped it up. It’s a rather ingenious piece of equipment used to adhere stamps to letters. The automatic postage stamp machine (poster stamp affixer) was designed for two reasons. First it automated the process of placing stamps on envelops and packages and second, it reduced theft of stamps by not allowing users access to the stamps without keys.
Wizard Stamp Affixer – Overview
The Wizard Stamp Affixer is made from cold rolled steel, phosphor bronze, and brase. The casing uses rubberiod black enamel to help prevent rust and has nickle plated trimmings. The black handle is made from bakelite. It was manufactured by the W & S Manufacturing Company for the Wizard Company out of Boston.
Our Wizard Stamp Affixer didn’t come with a key, so I haven’t been see what the guts look like. Hopefully I can figure out a way to open it.
Wizard Stamp Affixer – How It Works
Stamps were loaded in rolls of 500 stamps (one or five cents) into the Wizard Stamp Affixer. Once the stamps are loaded, they can be locked into the machine using a key to lock them in. When using the device, a depression of the plunger feeds a stamp through, moistening it, cutting it and affixing it to the envelope or package as fast as the operator can use it. Speeds of 100 to 150 stamps per minute were very achievable.
The Wizard Stamp Affixer automatically releases any stamps should they have become adhered to any of the metal parts, thus insuring the delivery of the stamp on the first operation of the plunger.
The machine moistens the stamp, not the envelope, thus insuring perfect stamping efficiency. There is a removable tank which is estimated to hold sufficient water to affix 1000 stamps without refilling. There is a replaceable wick and brass collar that can be removed, should they become dirty or the need arrive. The wicks lifespan is about 2 to 3 months. This assumes that water is kept in the tank and the wick doesn’t dry out. If the wick goes bad it can be thrown away and a new one added in its place.
The stamps are brought forward by a series of hardened steel fingers under individual spring tension, these fingers recognize the perforations in the stamps only. The stamps are fed the required distance by a positive feed lever which has a cam action without the use of springs.
Wizard Stamp Affixer – Competition
I had a lot of trouble trying to research the Wizard Stamp Affixer. I had 2 patent dates, but no patent numbers, and couldn’t seem to find more information on it. There were zero images or websites really talking about the Wizard stamp or the company.
Some of the competition probably came from the Multipost Stamp Affixer. I have seen several of these on Esty and Ebay and was able to do a patent search that told me a lot more about the Multipost. One patent that I was able to find on what looks like the Multipost appears on May 31, 1921 (1379651) by inventor W F Schhweiger. The patent was filed on September 26, 1918.
The Standard Stamp Affixer was made by the Standard Mailing Machines Company. It looks very similar to the Multipost Stamp Affixer. Instead of a squared off plunder rode, it has a twisted spiral rod. The side of the unit has an exposed area showing the inner workings of the device.
The Simplex Stamp Affixer looks something out of steampunk. There are a host of gears on the outside of the device. It has the look of the Multipost Stamp Affixer, but with exposed gears. I think this might be the coolest looking stamp affixer out of the bunch. The patent date was around October 28, 1908.
The Postamper Affixer looks like a beefier version of the Multiplex. It has thick round plunder rod and appears to be a little chunky. It was produced by Postamper Company out of Chicago.
The Kendall Stamp Affixer had a plunger lock, stamp register (number counter) that you couldn’t reverse. These were made by the Kendall Manufacturing Company out of Boston Massachusetts. The Stamp machines were first built around 1917-1918. It looks similar to the Wizard Stamp Affixer.
Wizard Stamp Affixer – Estimating Value
Doing research on the Wizard, I haven’t found a single image, so I am guessing ours is rather rare and much more rare than the Multipost. I have seen Multiposts Stamp Affixers with keys, that are in good condition, go anywhere from $50-$160. The easiest place to find these is on Ebay and sometimes on Esty. It seems about once a month these show up.