The first Kingsley Hot Stamp Machine appeared in the 1930’s, designed by Lewis A. Kingsley. He created the machine specifically to imprint fountain pens, and there is still a special type font called “Fountain Pen.” But during World War II, many of the Kingsley Hot Stamp machines were re-tooled into wire markers to imprint narrow gauge wire used in wire harness manufacturing by the aviation industry. And they are still used for this purpose, but the currently produced machines are large technical automated models. The Kingsley Machine Company was sold in 1995 and all regular support for the older vintage model portable table top Kingsley machines has disappeared. However, vintage or not and used or not, Kingsley Hot Stamp machines continue to be very functional. They are very easy to use, and are famous for their dependability and longevity but beware when purchasing one. There are no longer many replacement parts for this machines. Although we carry many type holders, springs, and used parts. The Kingsley Machine is a great hot foil machine so don’t give up on it. We can help you get the imprinting supplies and the foil stamping type you need to keep on imprinting.