When the thought of making copies came to mind, or a request was made, it usually came across as, "make 10 copies on the Zerox". The name was used as they were the dominant player in the market before others saw the dollar possibility.
Before that multiple copies were either made using carbon paper which was limited to maybe 3 pages of duplicate and it was messy as the black could smudge and making corrections meant being very careful.
If a large number of copies needed to be made, then it was to the mimeograph machine. This too had its issues, as the master had to be locked onto the cylinder just right and then the ink put into the reservoir just right or else there would be large smudges. If it was over filled, then the hands and everything would be jet black for days after cleaning it up.
I had far too much experience using that duplicator machine for the teachers in school and later in the service. Crank that arm, and when the copies got light, refill that reservoir, carefully.
I recently had the occasion to go into a home that had a lot of junk in the basement. An old duplicator machine was in that pile. I scrubbed my hands when I got out of there, not so much as I needed it but some memories are stronger than others.
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