The "Infamous" Addressograph Model 70 - The sole
reason for the "notch" in military dog tags.
The "notch" in the dog tag has been the foundation for
some of the greatest urban legends of all time. Elsewhere on this site
the "notch", it's truth's and myth's are discussed in greater detail, here
we want to discuss the Addressograph Model 70 which is the reason for the
Through out this document we have "peppered" photographs
of the Addressograph Model 70 and supporting documentation. We hope
that if any visitors have further information that they will contact us and
pass that information on so that it might be presented here for all to
Model 70 Controls view 1
Cover of Addressograph Model 70 Manual
The Addressograph Model 70 has a inked ribbon that
imprints the information from a soldiers identification tag onto paper
Proper tag insertion Addressograph Model
Page 2 of Addressograph Model 70 Manual
What do others say about the "notch"?
One of the most respected authorities on
the Internet that specializes in setting the record straight between Urban
Legends and the truth is
Snopes essay titled "Notch
for the faint hearted," is one of the most recognized compositions on
the subject of the notch found in WWII dog tags published by an independent
third party available on the Internet.
"Notch for the faint
hearted," can be found here
While snopes.com has become the Internet's
truth source, there are many other references to the "notch," and the truth
behind the "notch". Below are listed some other references to the
truth behind the "notch," in WWII dog tags.
Paul Braddock -
"Dog Tags - A History of the American
Military Identification Tag 1861 to 2002" by Paul F. Braddock
Page 51 and 52 of Mr. Braddock's book
specifically addresses the myth behind the notch being a "Tooth Notch".
Side Note: This book is one of the
greatest resources dedicated to the military identification tag available.
The first printing is now "out of print" but we have spoken to the author
and are preparing for a second printing of this book in the near future.
Quartermasters Museum -
Short History of Identification Tags," by Captain Richard Wooley
is another article that clearly illustrates that the "notch," found in WWII
dog tags was not a "Tooth Notch."
World War II Combat Medic -
David Steinert provides a short
explanation and some illustrations of the "Notch," as it relates to WWII
identification tags. His web page titled "The Real Reason for the
'Notch' in the WWII Dog Tag" can be found here
Kobie has several pages dedicated to the
Addressograph Model 70 and the history of the "Notch," as it relates to the
WWII dog tag. Kobie's web site also has information on the Graphotype
machines used to imprint dog tags. Kobie's web pages maybe found here
-Addressograph Model 70-
-The Notch - Is it
a Tooth Notch? - A Locating Notch . . . -
Kobie also makes "replacement" WWII
notched dog tags on real WWII vintage equipment. Many tags made by
Kobie are indistinguishable from the originals when reproduced.
Model 70 Controls view 2
Paper / Form orientation Model 70
Page 3 of Addressograph Model 70 Manual
Addressograph Model 70 Parts Diagram
Top View Diagram of Addressograph Model 70
Front View of the Addressograph Model 70
Back Cover of Addressograph Model 70
Seeking Information about the
Addressograph Model 70
Seeking military documentation of any kind
related to the Addressograph Model 70, including but not limited to:
Documents imprinted using the Model 70
Regulations, orders or instructions for the Model 70
Repair, service or care manuals for the Model 70
Seeking any documents containing the
following numbers, in any capacity that might relate to the Model 70:
Army Stock No. 54-M-29055
Army Stock No. 54-M-29055-50
Army Stock No. 54-M-29065
Medical Department Item #99387
Seeking any attachments for the
Addressograph Model 70
Seeking any variations of the Model 70
Seeking any holsters, cases or storage
boxes for the Addressograph Model 70
Should you have any of the things we are
seeking or know who we might contact about the Model 70 please use the email
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As always we will provide total credit for
any and all contributions.