How old-fashioned Dymo labelmakers made embossed self-adhesive plastic labels easy & popular

Vintage Dymo labelmakers

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These old-fashioned Dymo labelmakers from the ’60s were easy to use and affordable — which meant that these colorful plastic sticky labels used to be seen almost everywhere and on everything.

Early basic Dymo M-2 Tapewriter (1961)

Embossed labels in seconds with pressure-sensitive vinyl or metal labeling tapes… Use the Tapewriter anywhere… makes color labels for all sports and recreational equipment.

Makes high-contrast white letters and numbers raised up on bright colored tapes…  Tape labels that can’t be erased or changed. Colors aid group identification. Tapes stick to almost anything.

Early basic Dymo M-2 Tapewriter - 1961

The DYMO Universal Labeling System for businesses (1962)

Dymo labelmaker 1962

The perfect gift for Dad: A retro label maker (1964)

Now he can make permanent, professional labels in seconds! A turn of the dial, a squeeze of the handle… raised letters, numbers, symbols come out on white on a colored background. At fine stores everywhere.

Retro Dymo Home Labelmaker from 1964

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Old-fashioned Dymo labelmaker (1964)

Just what he’s always wanted! What is it? (It’s a Dymo Labelmaker)


A different gift. And one that a man will use — and use and use. In just seconds, he can squeeze out professional, raised-letter labels to personalize his valuable belongings. Or easy-to-read labels to identify switches, fuses, controls in the house, on the boat, in the car. (And later, when he’s not looking, you’ll love to use the Dymo Labelmaker, too.)

There are 15 brilliant, colorful tapes to choose from. The letters you print come out sharp and clear and white … with an adhesive backing so strong a Dymo label can stick permanently to just about everything from a fruit jar to a pair of children’s boots.

So get him a Dymo Labelmaker for Christmas. He’ll love it. So will you.

Old-fashioned Dymo labelmaker from 1964

Old-fashioned Dymo Home Labelmaker (1965 model)

Even if it’s the last gift he opens, it’ll be the first gift he’ll use. It’s a Dymo Home Labelmaker.

The minute he gets it, he’ll start making labels for his other gifts. Just turn the dial, squeeze the handle, out come bright, colorful vinyl labels with letters that pop-up crisp and white. Adhesive back sticks to any clean, smooth surface indoors or out. What an original way to say Merry Christmas.

Dymo Products Co., Berkeley, Calif. A Division of Dymo Industries, Inc.

1965 Dymo labelmaker

Just turn the wheel and squeeze the handle (1965)

… Out come self-adhesive vinyl labels that can personalize this [sunglasses], identify this [a butterfly specimen], organize this [recipe cards], or go on anything you can imagine.

Vintage Dymo labelmakers from 1966

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Give your wife a Dymo labelmaker, and what does she do? (1967)

She takes advantage of it. Clever little devil, isn’t she?

If she’s like most wives, she’ll find about a zillion other uses for it, too. Like labeling her spice bottles and kitchen canisters and putting names on kid’s toys. Of course, that’s only a few out of a zillion, but it won’t take her long to discover the rest.

The Dymo Labelmaker embosses neat, easy-to-read raised white letters on colorful self-sticking vinyl tape. Isn’t that worth taking advantage of?

Old style plastic labeler from 1967

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