Schermack Stamp Vendor

Schermack Products Corp. 1930

This is one of many models of stamp machine made by Schermack. Many of their models are unlike other stamp machines because they sell stamps right from the roll rather than in small cardboard or paper folders. This presented a problem when making a vending machine because allowing the customer to tear their own stamps off of the vended portion of the roll could lead to jamming or half torn stamps. Schermack solved this problem by inventing a cutting mechanism that would automatically cut the vended stamps from the roll for the customer.

Most of Schermack models are pretty common and easy to come by at a very reasonable price. I bought this machine as a "user". I buy stamps by the roll and thought it would be neat to vend them as I need them rather than have them stuffed in the junk drawer. I did have to make one modification to the machine to vend the newer peal and stick stamps. I simply removed the cutting blade so that I don't have to line up the stamps perfectly when I load the machine.

This machine is all original and in pretty good shape from the base up. The base looks to have been porcelain at one time and someone has chipped off most of the porcelain to reveal the cast iron underneath but they must have gotten board and stopped half way through. Other than the base it is a nice looking and very functional machine.