*Rare* Hall’s Simplex Ink Master – Antique English Advertising



Measures Approximately 3 1/2″ diameter x 5″ tall

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This is a listing for one (1) Rare Hall’s Simplex Hektograph Black Ink.  So charming with type on both the front and back sides! A great addition to your Black and White antique transfer pieces.  Maling Stamp 425 on base. This pot is in great condition with no chips or cracks.

Hektograph Duplicators

Other copying systems of the day involved pressing or extruding ink through stencils onto sheets of paper (the Edison Electric Pen was a stencil system). The hektograph (also spelled “hectograph”) process introduced in 1876 or shortly before, involved using a master written or typed with a special aniline ink. The master was then placed face down on a tray containing gelatin and pressed gently for a minute or two, with the result that most of the ink transferred to the surface of the gelatin. Gelatin was used because its moisture kept the ink from drying. Copies were made by using a roller to press blank papers onto the gelatin. Each time a copy was made, some ink was removed from the gelatin, and consequently successive copies were progressively lighter. In practice, up to fifty copies could be made from one master. One hektograph,  the Lawton & Co.’s Simplex Printer, was introduced by a predecessor company, General Copying Apparatus Co., by 1889. The Simplex was $3 to $29.50, depending on size. Yates (p. 122) reports that “By 1885 the [Illinois Central Railroad] Freight Office’s need for a neat alternative to printing had led it to adopt…the hectograph….Using a hectograph in the Freight Office, rather than sending the rate circulars to be printed, was faster as well as cheaper. And although the hectograph duplicating process itself was messy, the final products were neater and more readable than those produced with the Edison Electric Pen.”(  An 1887 ad stated that a hektograph could be used to make 15 to 40 good copies of a letter typed on a Hall index typewriter. Hektograph copiers were still marketed by the Heyer Hektograph Co. (founded 1903) in the 1950s.

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Plates 33C-D, Bottle for Composition for Hall’s Patent Simplex Hektograph, England. Photo below shows instructions on back of bottle.
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This pot was curated during my travels to English Antique Markets while visiting my daughter and her family in London.

Most pots have some level of crazing, may have spots of discoloration, light hairline cracks and minor chips and fleabites that only add to its character and do not detract from its display value.  These are expected due to age, use and let’s not forget they were often buried for decades before being dug up and rescued.

Perfect to store pens, flatware, paintbrushes, candles, cotton balls, plants or anything you can imagine.

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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 7 in

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