The Usefulness of Rubber Stamps

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This time of year has a lot going on.

For one thing, it is “back-to-school” season, and many who have children at home are in the throngs of hoarding school supplies for the upcoming year. This could be true whether their children go to a public school, a charter or private school, or if they are educated at home.

For another, it is also canning season. That, by itself, can make this a busy time of year. Many are preserving harvests from their gardens.  Others are trying to fill their pantries for the coming months.  Really, canning is one self-sufficiency skill you shouldn’t do without.

Finally, if you have been shopping anywhere lately, you probably have also noticed that the holiday season is just right around the corner.  Depending on how important the holidays may be to you, you may have gift-giving, parties, and card exchanges here shortly.

If you are anything like me, you use a computer to help organize and complete many of the above tasks. Printing labels, cards, etc. is a very easy thing to do with technology, but did you ever stop to think what would you do if technology was no longer available?

Obviously, there would be more serious survival tasks at hand to address first, but in a long term, grid-down scenario, it may be helpful to have some items around to help adjust to a “new normal” without any access to printing.  In thinking about this, I came to the realization that old-fashioned rubber stamps would be such an item to store.  To illustrate what I mean, here are a few examples:

date-stamp-picDate stamps – I use these to date food which I have just canned. Of course, you may write it out, but when I have many cans to stamp all at once, (which I often do when I can,) it is a time-saver.  Date stamps could also be used to document other projects, logs, or other records you may wish to keep for a wide variety of purposes.

stationary-stamp-picStationary stamps – There are some stamps on the market which imprint a form such as a recipe card, a lined notepad, an invitation, a gift tag, etc. These are useful for creating your own stationary.  In fact, I often use these now to make my own cards and tags just to save money.  (Not to mention, it makes these things more personalized.)

educational-stamp-picEducational stamps – This is what got me started on collecting stamps. In thinking through a homeschooling situation without technological resources, I came up with the idea to collect stamps to assist with making my own “worksheets” for learning.  Stamps come in a dizzying array of subjects, and I have found many educational topics could be illustrated with stamps. For example, I have leaf stamps to help teach botany, I have a large skeleton stamp which could be labeled for a worksheet, and I have many more topic stamps that could be used to enrich a lesson.  There are stamps available for mathematical subjects such as grids and number charts, and, of course, there is a wide variety of stamps which could be used to help teach weather, biology, history, etc.  The selection seems almost endless.

sp-occasion-stamp-picSpecial occasion stamps – These stamps are useful for celebrating holidays, birthdays, weddings, births, and so forth. Without technology, stamps could easily be used to embellish cards, gifts, and decorations.   Just as it is the case with stationary stamps, these stamps can also help personalize anything you give or make.

 

These are just a few uses for rubber stamps.  You could probably think of a few more.  Sure, stamps are not necessary to survival.  They are definitely more of an extra, and you’ll have to be the one to decide whether they would be worth the cost and effort to store.  If dried-out stamp pads come to mind, you should know that, just as you can make your own ink, you can make your own stamp pads as well.  So, ink supplies should not be a concern here, and of course, rubber stamps can last a very long time with care.  In all, even though they are not necessary, if you were ever to face a long term situation without access to today’s technology, you may find that rubber stamps may be a nice thing to have around to assist in the tasks discussed above.

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