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From Addressograph (trade name), from address +‎ -o- +‎ -graph. It was first produced in 1893.


addressograph (plural addressographs)

  1. (historical) A device for making mailing labels, used for much of the 20th century.
    • 1920, New York (State). Governor, Public Papers of Governor, page 113:
      The Secretary of State, upon the installation of the addressograph machines, was to reduce the temporary service.
    • 1942, United States Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations, Departments of State and Justice, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies, page 72:
      The man that we are putting on for the addressograph work is for a service that has long been needed.
    • 1961-5, Metals Engineering Quarterly
      Addressograph equipment was selected. This particular addressograph application utilizes a split plate.