by Debbie Hamman
The basic supply for any die-hard stamp artist is the stamp and ink. Early stamp pads around the mid 1850's were awful. The inks smelled and the stamp pads were made of gelatin, which became a gooey mess during hot weather.
In 1880, B.G. Volger pioneered stamp pads. In 1884 Volger poured the gelatin into boxes and covered them with felt. Excelsior Stamp Pads were soon sold around the country. By 1908 he perfected a formula for quick drying, non-smear ink and eliminated the odor.
Today there are many different kinds of inks and stamp pads sold on the market.
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