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Re: One for Al
Posted by Al Frasca on Thursday, 30 June 2016, at 10:08 p.m., in response to One for Al, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 30 June 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
The numbering system was automatically advanced using a machine with the numbers on a rolling index system. The numbers are very uniformly stamped and all nicely aligned and erect. Remember, one man stamped all the receivers and he had to keep about 1500 receivers ahead of production. He stamped for about a half a month to maintain the quota. Watch carefully at the fonts used. When one set of fonts were retired, another complete (and different) set replaced them. During the 1881 and 1882 period, the star was inserted at the end of the sequence and could be used or removed as needed to keep tract of the rebuilt National Guard guns. Looking through the list of employees in the Milling Shop and their duties for each month, there does not seem to be any one person singled out to do the stamping. Only C.O. Wood clearly specified stamping receivers in the 1881 and 1882 periods.
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