A few months ago at the Goodwill Outlet I found these fantastic vintage "Hopp Press" sectional markers. All the pieces were scattered across the bin and it was a family frenzy trying to gather up all the pieces, which included the numbers, box, and little metal stands. These would have been used to mark prices on meat or other products in a supermarket. Can't you just see it?!
The neat thing about these numbers is that one side is printed with just the number, and the other side is printed with the number followed by a cent sign, so they can be used interchangeably. It also, apparently, resulted in a fair bit of hot legal action.
The text on the wooden box is as follows:
THE HOPP PRESS SYSTEM OF
SECTIONAL PRICE MARKING
PATENTED JULY 6TH, 1920 - NOVEMBER 20TH, 1921
THE HOPP PRESS INC.
132 West 14th Street, Between 6th & 7th Aves. New York
Telephone Chelsea 3135 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
BEWARE OF IMITATIONS
Always place price card in holder within the tongue. This will prevent cards from sliding out of holder.
To release card again from holder, raise card over tongue by pushing finger through the circular opening of holder.
Price Cards are printed on both sides with and without "c" mark to used thus:
3 without "c"
3c SHOWING REVERSE SIDE WITH "C"
3c cards show 3 1/2 c on reverse side
Oh my gosh box calm down this isn't price marking rocket science.