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Old 07-26-2006, 06:02 AM   #1  
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Default found a box of of old alphabet stamps probably way back from the 1970's

a great find? or trash?
They are 1 " letters upper , lower, numbers, puncuation + - x = & $ ? ! , . and more. They have really unique wood handles that are contoured almost like a T for easy hand grasping onto the wood.
These stamps must have been used my father -in- laws business for making signs in the 1970's. Many have black permanent ink on the rubber that was probably never cleaned and just reused and reused without cleaning.. Is there any ink cleaner that will take off 30 year old ink?
I do not have any ink cleaner but hope top go buy some after getting recommendations from all you experienced stampers : )

I'm new to stamping and was wondering, if the permanent ink can't be cleaned off, will the black bleed through when I try to use colored ink on it? ? there is also no padding foam between the rubber and the wood , will that be a problem? I noticed on all my SU stamps there is a padding between the rubber and the wood.
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I don't have any advice for you, but just wanted to say ... what a great find!
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There was a previous thread that discussed all the products that worked well to remove Stazon black. If you type stazon removal or something similar in the search box that might help.
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That shouldn't be a problem without any foam. Just be careful not to 'rock' the stamp or some of the wood may show up on the paper if there was any little bit of ink on it. How cool is that! I would just hit *Bay for the heck of it to see what these things are going for. You may have hit jackpot in more ways than one!!
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I used staz-on cleaner on some really old stamps i found at a garage sale recently, and i conditioned them with versamark ink too. they work great- Isn't it neat when you find a find!
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Old 07-26-2006, 08:33 PM   #6  
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thanks ladies. I appreciate the info

I never even thought about trying to e-bay them.
I went to e-bay and checked to see if any , on e-bay were similar and found an auction of Misc . old stamps like this and it had a bid, so if those few stamps could get a bid then...(rubbing my hands together greedily) LOL then for this full set of 80 stamps still in their original box... who knows?

thanks for the great ideas for cleaning and for the e-bay idea! Dang I threw away the old ink pad. it was probably vintage and a collectable? or not? LOL
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PS, here's the partial set I saw on e=bay,
http://cgi.ebay.com/LG-SET-OF-VINTAG...QQcmdZViewItem

mine are very similar with the T shape wood and same letter style.. as those on e-bay . except mine are in great shape except for staining.
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:32 AM   #7  
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I don't know if you have Dollar Tree where you live, but they have a product called "Awesome Cleaner" that is amazing! I swear it will clean anything! The best part is, that it's only $1.00!! I'd condition the rubber afterwards w/ Stampin Mist, but the awesome cleaner should do the trick if anything will! Good luck w/them, they sound really neat!
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