Top of the range during the Mid century, this vintage F & E Hedman Company Check Protector was made in Chicago U.S.A. ‘Royal Premier’ Model in a dusky salmon pink, logo head plate with red crown. Great vintage condition, some marks and scuffs with lock key on side.
In 1914, Hebert R. Hedman, a Chicago native with Swedish roots, borrowed $5,000 from his father to establish the Hedman Manufacturing Company. The firm was established to produce check protector machines that protect businesses from the common crime of forgery. Hedman’s machine was the first check protector to write out the complete dollar amount with Arabic numerals in one simple operation. In addition, this first protector presented a patented process, engineered by Hedman, that printed the exact amount of the check by shredding and macerating indelible ink into the fibres of the paper. The results was a tamperproof document. Upon hearing about the Hedman Check Protector, Hedman’s main competitor sent two men to attempt a buy out. Instead, these two men, Fessler & Evans, reached an agreement with Herbert Hedman to distribute his machines. This is the origin of the first “F&E”.
Product code; 19074a/F274