This was the logo stamp for my Grandfather’s store (The Home Clothing Company) in San Francisco, c. 1942. I believe he stamped this image on cards and invoices and receipts and those sorts of things using an ink pad.
The image is of a policeman writing a ticket or perhaps a bus or cable car driver collecting a fare.
My grandfather, Arthur Glickfeld, used to make uniforms for bus drivers, train conductors, cable car operators, firemen and police officers in the San Francisco Bay Area from about 1940 through about 1966. I have tons of memorabilia from his collection, and this little stamp is one of those things that will likely go in my “Museum of Lead.”
While it is mostly zinc it was also positive for a fairly high level of lead contamination.
Readings when tested with an XRF instrument (minimum 30 second test):
- Lead (Pb): 9,740 +/- 758 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 2,822 +/- 252 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): ND/Negative
- Arensic (As): ND/Negative
- Zinc (Zn): 987,600 +/- 11,000 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 2,977 +/- 408 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 675 +/- 259 ppm
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!