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Vintage Label Maker by Dymo, Rotex and Futura

A vintage label maker by Dymo is today’s Flashback Friday. Remember these things!? They were very popular throughout the 1970s following the invention of Daisy Wheel printing technology. As I recall, you could buy six different colors of the embossed tape: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and black.

Vintage Label Maker Dymo

Vintage Label Maker Dymo by Sugar Cube Vintage on Flickr

These were incredibly fun little devices. My sister and brother both had one and they loved to go click-click-click and label stuff. It really stunk of you misspelled a word and wasted all that tape. Although they were terrific gadget to have around the adhesive on the back of the plastic sometimes was not sufficient for the task. Many times, the weight of the plastic label itself caused it bow like a rainbow on whatever object you attempted to affix it to.

Vintage Label Maker by Rotex, Futura

Check out Jessica McDougall’s blog, Welcome To My World, and her tribute to a vintage label maker by Astor, which she found on Etsy. Etsy is a great place to snag one of these things. Check out the pictures below of an industrial-strength Dymo and a Rotex, Futura in the box.

Rote Futura Dymo Vintage Label Makers

Rotex, Futura, Dymo Vintage Label Makers

Believe it or not, you can still buy the Dymo label maker. I need to order one of these for each of my kids. I know they’d have so much fun running around the house labeling stuff. lol. They cost about $10 and are available on Amazon. I mean, you have not really lived until you’ve had a label maker and know the pain of running out of embossed tape. Back in the 1970s, there was no Amazon. If you ran out of the tape you and the gadget were both toast, especially if you lived in the rural Heartland 100 miles from civilization.

Did you have one of these gadgets growing up? What color was it?

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  1. Drew

    Had the Rotex Futura in bright orange as a kid in the 70’s. I have two Brother labelers and hate them both. Brother should give away the printers since they make a mint on the tape which they are clearly engineered to waste gobbs of pricey tape. Embossers gave you absolute control over spacing.

  2. Rose Byrd

    Some of those older models of label makers worked better than the ones we have now!

  3. Andi Fisher

    Remember and had and labeled absolutely everything in the house!


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