Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mimeograph Machines

I have powerful and fond memories of the smell of the blue ink on the mimeographed copies that were used in my K12 schools.

 I haven't yet located a mimeograph that would have been in use in the 60s and 70s (my school days) but I was recently given this much more valuable and older mimeograph machine.

HELLO - If your school or church has an old mimeograph machine around, particularly if it's working order, please contact me (via SpellingCity.com) since it would really help round our collection.

The mimeograph machine that I have is from just after the turn of the century.  It is labelled:


Edison's Rotary Mimeograph
 No. 76. 
Made by A. B. Dick Company, Chicago Illinois

There are a list of patents going back to 1897.

The machines that were used in the 1960s into the 80 were by the Standard Rocket company.

Here for instance is a manual version of the machines that I remember in the schools

 It is a 1961 Standard Rocket mimeograph machine with a few dozen Copy-rite Spirit Master Units  and two standard wicks (I'm not entirely sure what they are).  The machine is hand cranked and appears to be in working order.



About the smell. Yes, the smell of the freshly printed mimeographs is of course the most important thing.  Does anyone know what gave them that fantastic smell and how I could reproduce it?

8 comments:

BBat50 said...

Just found a great video of an AB Dick Mimeograph machine.
http://youtu.be/pM5nEp48dsw

BBat50 said...

If anyone has a mimeograph machine from the 60s or 70s that they would part with, please contact me!!! (Just comment on this blog or email mayor which is @spellingcity.com )

4heidi said...

Wonderful! I'm adding this blog to my favorites.

Monique Enriquez said...

I have a mimeograph machine that looks identical to this one...I am curious on its value.

Anonymous said...

Hi

We just came across a AB Dick 420 mimeograph in our church basement. I can't find much on the net about it or what to do with it. any ideas?

Thanks

Aandwsmom said...

I used to help my Mom run copies for her classroom using the Mimeograph! Love the smell and getting to crank it. It was magic at age 4!

Anonymous said...

I have 2 . . Rme114@Juno.com

telena helotova said...

I have aquired one of these in original boxes ,which are not in good condition, but the ink boxes are in good condition unopened evrything is there it works has original brushes even nice handles on them like tortoishell or soemthing of that nature.has some paper from that time patent numbers etc 1902 dick edison model 30whats it value and can i use it to print warnings to the world with,I dont know haw to use it and didnt see instructions after ciursory exam.