Ah, life before the Xerox machine.


Copies are speedily made of correspondence and other business records with the aid of a new photographic duplicating machine. Through its use, a letter may be photographed directly upon a sheet of specially sensitized paper, requiring an exposure of only a fraction of a second, and developed at once in a portable darkroom. The instrument is especially designed for libraries, banks, insurance companies, and others requiring frequent duplication of card records and correspondence.

  1. Stannous says: November 11, 20077:38 am

    But there’s no room to put your hideous naked butt!

  2. Blurgle says: November 11, 20078:00 am

    Was this a photostat machine? Because the time, mess, and expense of creating photostat copies is what drove Chester Carlson to invent xerography in 1938.

  3. Mike Brisendine says: November 11, 20075:22 pm

    It does indeed look like a photostat process. Though xerography (xerox) replaced stats for office documents stats were still used by graphic artist until scanners came into popular use. Photostats were much sharper. Plus you could cut and paste stats and have better control of exposure and size, depending on the camera used. In my younger days I made tens of thousands of those things. You would expose the negative paper and marry it to a positive reciever through a nasty activator chemical and a simple machine with rollers. After final approval the sheets were often shot on a process camera to make a litho negative that would then be used to make plates for printing presses.

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