International Postal Supply "Model M" cancelling machine restoration International Postal Supply "Model M" cancelling machine restoration Before - general view General view of the machine before shipping. 101537203 Before - view from right hand side The feed tray, upon which letters would be stacked, is in the foreground with the delivery tray at rear left. The grey tray at right was for letters to be stacked before they were placed on the feed tray. 101537202 Before - cancelling die Clogged with paper fibres and old ink. 101537204 Before - delivery tray Despite the rust and dust apparent in this view, the machine was in generally good condition, other than the fact that a few of the internal components had become siezed. 101537205 Before - view from behind With the dust removed, it is easier to see the details of the feed mechanism. The envelope passes between the various rollers, from left to right in this picture. 101537209 Trip mechanism The small tab at right protrudes into the path of the oncoming envelope. As the envelope passes, the cam at bottom centre is moved out of the way of the die, allowing it to turn. 101537206 Trip mechanism disassembled This gives an idea of the number of pieces in each component of the machine. 101537208 Trip mechanism after cleaning Before and after photos, as well as a photocopy of the original brochure, helped to ensure that everything went back in the right place. 101538997 Cancelling die after cleaning Compare this with photo 3. Also visible at rear are the plates used to create the wavy line cancellation. 101537207 Inside - oil tray Parts of the gearing after removal from the underside of the base plate. 101537210 Inside - underside of base plate The majority of the removable pieces have been taken off. 101537211 Parts The majority of the components are shown here, with the various roller assemblies in the foreground. 101537212 Drive system The machine is electrically powered through a pulley system. This unit transmits the drive through 90 degrees to the gearing within the machine. On some machines, the pulley could be replaced by a hand-crank. 101537214 Drive system disassembled The unit had to be disassembled for painting and lubrication. 101537215 Drive system after restoration Back together again, in the original black finish 101537216 Stand and letter tray The heavy components painted and reassembled. Although the machine was grey on arrival, it was originally finished in black, as witnessed when the paint was being stripped. 101537213 Overview The original electric motor doesn't currently work, and will be replaced or repaired at a later date. In the meantime, it has been loosely re-attached and the machine can be turned over by hand. The machine could originally be attached to the floor using four bolts - I've fitted it to a trolley to permit easy movement. 101538998 Finished Compare this with photo 2, taken from the same angle. The chrome finish is a little brighter than the original nickel plating, but was the best I could manage with local services. 101537219