The Hello Kitty stamps and set of emergency vehicles each came in a
plastic carrying case which included stamp pads and stickers or
they were made by Sanrio in Japan. The emergency
vehicles set was bought from Selfridges, Oxford St for £5.00 in 1993.
These two were bought on a trip to the supermarket in Baltimore specifically to check out cereal toys during one of my early trips to the USA. Both are merchandised characters - a Boglin and the Flintstones pet dinosaur who came in a packet of Fruit Loops. They both came with ink pads, much better toys/premiums than the ones which we got in the UK. I didn't eat the cereal.
Another dinosaur, a Transformer which doesn't actually transform, but does have rubber stamps cleverly concealed in his neck, tail & back legs and a blue ink pad on his back! 14cm from nose to tail.
A first generation Transformer made by Hasbro in 1985 bought from the Wood Green Toys'r'Us
store, North London, back in the days when Toys'r'Us still had odd, quirky imported american toys that you never saw anywhere else. There's one currently for sale via eBay for US $135.00
Beautifully packaged, so I kept them just as they were, and showed
them in the book by including several photocopied pages.The Japanese
hiragana writing system stamp set was sent by Citizen X, who was
working in Japan at the time and wrote an explanation of each character
on the reverse. The Money Maker Stamp Set, made in Hong Kong
would have been produced in versions sold in different countries, with
the appropriate currency symbol printed on the blank banknotes. And
why limit yourself to just printing £100 notes - it would be easy to alter
the stamps and print £10,000 notes? Interestingly both sets have images
of a boy and girl on the packaging - they were sold as unisex toys and I
particularly like the image of the boy printing a stack of banknotes and
girl joyfully getting rid of them.
Individual letters cut from unwanted stamps with a razor sharp
scalpel blade and reassembled to create new phrases and texts.
Ransom note stylee, quick and cheap.
The barbed wire and flowers were salvaged by my Dad together with several trays of wooden poster printing type and some metal advertising blocks, from a disused printers premises in Warrington, Cheshire that was due for demolition. It's tough on the hands to stamp with these.
This book features every rubberstamp
in my collection, 250 accumulated over 45 years.
From family heirlooms to those made last month, everything's here. Meticulously
stamped by hand and divided into classified sections; bought new, secondhand, gifts trades & swaps, etc, and a full-colour section.
Red ink throughout, turquoise for the titles.
The first copies of this book were made in back 1994-1995, and now, finally,
I've printed all the pages necessary to update and complete the edition!
21x15cm, 250 copies, 80pgs, perfectbound paperback, 2023.