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Thoughts on shipping an Addressograph Class 350 Graphotype machine

If you are lucky enough to own or come into possession of an Addressograph Class 350 Graphotype machine then you know you are one of the privileged few.

These machines are a capital investment and as such should be treated with care.  Most of these machines will last for ever if properly taken care of.  The number one reason for damage to these Class 350 Graphotype machines is improper packaging for shipping and transport.

As the old adage says "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  This holds true when dealing with Class 350 Graphotype machines.

Read on to ensure the proper care for shipping and transport of your valuable Class 350 Graphotype machine.



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Graphotype Class 350


A CBS hit television show


Graphotype.net on "THE UNIT" . . .

Graphotype.net was contacted in Early January 2007 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  In the interest of historical accuracy the television show "THE UNIT," wanted to have actual dog tag machines and dog tags to film an episode.

Graphotype.net physically supplied a Graphotype 350 and dog tags for use on the actual set as well as consulting information and expertise about "dog tags" or identification tags as it related to Vietnam. 

Twentieth Century Fox had questions about dog tag manufacturing equipment and the physical dog tags themselves.  Information, but more often misinformation abound and only serve to confuse and obscure the facts surrounding military identification tags. Producers of "THE UNIT" were seeking clarification to ensure historical accuracy and authenticity.

Some of the questions addressed were:

  • What tags were issued during Vietnam, "notched" or un-notched dog tags?

  • What is the difference between the "notched" and un-notched dog tag other than the obvious that one has a notch and the other does not?  Why were both tags issued during Vietnam? 

  • Were "black", dog tags used during Vietnam and were "Special Ops" or Special Forces units issued black or colored dog tags during Vietnam?

  • Were "silencers", standard issue or used in Vietnam?

  • Were silencers clear, black or some other color?

  • What about "red" medical dog tags.

  • What equipment was used to imprint identification tags at the time of the Vietnam war?

  • What equipment used to imprint identification tags could readily be found now in Vietnam in the year 2007?

  • What are the facts surrounding the current day production of "fake" dog tags in Vietnam being sold as the "genuine article" to unsuspecting buyers?

  • What materials were dog tags made from during Vietnam?

  • What information was contained on a "standard" issue identification tag during Vietnam?

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On the set of "THE UNIT" - village merchant - January 2007

Graphotype Class 350 on "THE UNIT" set January 2007

Overview of Dog Tag reseller work area for "THE UNIT"

Episode: 2.15
Title: The Water is Wide
Original Airdate: 02/13/2007

While the Unit members protect an international figure at the United Nations, they spring into action when a deadly elevator crash occurs.  More trouble seems imminent when the Unit discovers a bomb has been delivered to the office of the United Nations Secretary General and must detonate it, all while getting their subject to safety and determining if there are other bombs within the U.N. building.

Meanwhile, Molly and Tiffy's trip to Vietnam for a yearly ceremony honoring men from all sides lost to the war turns into a mission to bring home a soldier missing in action.

Summary provided by CBS - The Unit web site

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The focus of Graphotype.net's involvement with this episode was the exploits of Molly and Tiffy in their pursuit of a US Soldier missing in action since Vietnam.

While attending a yearly ceremony honoring men that fell during the Vietnam war, Molley and Tiffy came into possession of a military identification tag or "Dog Tag" of a man listed as missing in action. 

The mother of the missing man received a letter and a dog tag.  The letter said that her son was alive.

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The mother of the missing man got in contact with Molly and begged her to check into the truth of the letter and gave her the dog tag.

Molly and Tiffy after much prodding take it upon themselves to utilize there free time while attending the ceremony to research the facts behind the "found," dog tag.

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Above: Molly and Tiffy meeting with the man who was supposed to know the location of the MIA soldier.

After running into fierce resistance Molly and Tiffy finally located a "Informant," that is supposed to have knowledge of the missing mans whereabouts.

Risking their own personal safety and acting alone Tiffy and Molly decide to pursue this investigation on their own to the end.

Molly finally meets with a man that was supposed to be the missing man but alas he in actuality is nothing more than a man who was a friend and fellow soldier of the missing man. 

The American and his Vietnamese cronies were trying to extort money from the mother of the missing solider who is all actuality was dead. 

While much of our footage ended up on the "cutting room floor", it was a great experience to be a small part of this production. 

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The best part of the whole experience was we were recognized for our knowledge and expertise.  As a testimony of our contribution we were made a paid consultant.  It is always nice when people respect your work.

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