Ed's Chesprocott Region Blog: Throwback Thursday How Many Copies Do You Want?

Throwback Thursday How Many Copies Do You Want?

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.

How Many Copies do you want

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.

Throwback Thursday How Many Copies Do You Want?



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Comment balloon 11 commentsEd Silva • May 12 2016 07:29AM


This is most definitely a throw back Thursday item.  I am so glad we don't have those anymore or the 3 page copies.  We don't realize all of the conveniences we have today!  Make it a great day!

Posted by Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX (ULTIMA REAL ESTATE) over 2 years ago

I remember that from High School.  Good Grief.  I am making my way through the aging process and I can still remember high school.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 2 years ago

What a mess they were! One thing is for sure...we are so much better off today than years ago when it comes to copies!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

We have come a long way baby!!!!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

I remember this and the "Dito" machine when I was a youngster Ed. When we would get a test it would have fumes coming off of it.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

Ed I can remember using one of those machines, but of course I was only 3 years old at the time :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

I'm happy to say I have no experience with this machine. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago

Hi Ed.  Do you remember when everything reproduced was Zeroxed?

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 2 years ago

Ed I hope you still have this in your basement, because it is worth more than what you paid for when it was new:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Good morning Ed. Pretty amazing how far we have come and it keeps happening in all areas of our lives. Thanks for sharing the photo.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 2 years ago

Hi Ed Silva ,  Wow! that goes way back.  Kinda like using the newspaper for Wallpaper!  

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 2 years ago