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Hi

My guess would be that they were made on machines that were once common in many railway stations up and down the country. I believe the machines looked a bit like old-fashioned weighing machines, i.e. with a large dial and a pointer. You put your money in, then turned the pointer round to the letter you wanted to stamp, then stamped each letter individually. People often used them to make luggage tags, or simply as a novelty / amusement.

They came out on slim metal strips, with the letters / numbers punched into them.

As to why they should have ended up where they were found, now that's a mystery.

Regards

Adam

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Hi all,

A number of these metal address tags (with London addresses) were found in a back garden in Bootle (Merseyside). One of the people was living at the address in 1945. Bootle was heaving bombed in the Second World War which may or may not be relevant.

Has anyone seen any similar items?

Many thanks

Kay



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