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    In looking thru the wadkins, I saw some with tin tags having the logo at the top center. What's up with these? Were these war machines where they wanted to save on materials for the war effort? When did they go to the cast tag having no logo at the top.
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    Re: Wadkin tag question..

    Originally posted by emchdev View Post
    In looking thru the wadkins, I saw some with tin tags having the logo at the top center. What's up with these? Were these war machines where they wanted to save on materials for the war effort? When did they go to the cast tag having no logo at the top.
    Early Wadkin tags were cast brass with the logo at the top

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ID:	12689371925. For flat-belt driven machines.

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ID:	12689341934. For electrically driven machines.

    Then in 1936 (and possibly part of the previous year) they changed to "tin" tags (tinned and etched sheet brass).

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ID:	12689351936.

    During 1936 Wadkin changed from Wadkin & Co. to Wadkin Ltd. and continued with "tin" tags.

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ID:	12689381951.

    The tin tags continued until 1951, when Wadkin went back to cast tags (and dropped the logo at the top).

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ID:	12689391951. There were several varieties of this tag.

    I haven't really studied later tags, but by 1972 they had changed again to plastic tags.

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ID:	12689361972.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    Cheers, Vann.
    Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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      Re: Wadkin tag question..

      A great answer! Cheers Vann .........everyday is a learning day!

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        Re: Wadkin tag question..

        Awesome history lesson

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