New! The “909” Copier Copies Anything for Keeps! (Dec, 1961)

New! The “909” Copier Copies Anything for Keeps!

Outstanding Features:

High contrast black-and-white copies on bond-quality paper. Translucent and systems paper available. Long-lasting copies not affected by heat, light or humidity.

All electric, just plug it in—touch a button and you’re ready to make superb, brilliant black-and-white copies.

Ready-to-go cartridge—simplest, safest developer set-up. No mixing, no pouring, no spilling—no solution handling … EVER.

The one swift office copier providing both clarity and convenience. A single master exposure dial to simplify every copy application. Mastered in moments by anyone.

BE PHOTO-EXACT WITH PHOTOSTAT-only complete line of equipment and supplies for microfilm • offset • photocopy • copier


  1. Stephen says: April 13, 20117:43 am

    I am old enough to have heard the trademark “photostat”, but by the time I actually came into contact with such things it was Xerox who ruled the world of photocopying. What was the difference between xerography and the Photostat process?

  2. Jari says: April 13, 20119:50 am

    Stephen: Wiki is your friend. Photostat process is essentially the same as in film cameras, developing- and fixing-fluids and all. Photostat machine was a generalized term for any photocopying equipment.

    I suspect, that the Photostat Corp. previously manufactured real photostat machines and just wanted to keep calling this one as such despite it using xerographic process.

  3. rick s. says: April 13, 20111:30 pm

    Jari is correct about the old photostat process. When I was in the Navy in the early 50s I was a photographer and, among other things, operated a photostat machine on our base which was used for making copies of documents. The machine was huge and looked like a giant bellows camera with a mirror on its lens arranged so that it could photograph documents placed on a horizontal table just beneath the lens. The camera was loaded with a 16 inch roll of photo paper and was set up against the darkroom wall. A document was placed on the table, an exposure was made and the paper was cranked directly into the darkroom where it was cut off and processed through chemical solutions. Then it was washed and hung out to dry. The copies were reversed in that the printing was white against a dark gray to black background depending upon how much exposure each shot was given. We had heard of a new experimental process called xerography but none of us had ever seen it in action and we had our doubts about how fast and easy it was supposed to be compared to what we were doing. Just before I left the Navy I took my discharge papers and put them onto that old photostat machine, made several copies of them and processed them myself. I still have a few of those old copies left. By now they’re antiques.

  4. Charlene says: April 13, 20111:36 pm

    Photostat was simply the company name. In the same way, Xerox could call their laser or inkjet printers “Xerox printers” without any sense that xerography was involved.

  5. Toronto says: April 13, 20111:44 pm

    Can I get a copy of that model “for keeps”?

  6. Charlene says: April 13, 20113:16 pm

    She does resemble Anne Hathaway by way of Maila Nurmi, doesn’t she? I wonder what happened to her.

    And am I the only one humming a Beatles song right now?

  7. Toronto says: April 13, 20118:05 pm

    Charlene: She said she’d be traveling on the 9:10….

    (I was humming it too.)

  8. John Savard says: April 13, 20119:42 pm

    As this ad is from 1961, I doubt very much that this is a xerographic copier. The Xerox 914 only came out in 1960, and it was a long time before Xerox had competitors making xerographic copiers.

    An office copying machine by IBM introduced in April 1970 is noted as the first “real” competition for Xerox; other early competitors were Ricoh, Canon, and Kodak. Before then, there were other brands of copiers, but they used photosensitive paper or other completely different techniques.

  9. Mike Brown says: April 14, 20117:17 am

    I think my father’s store had a machine very much like that in the mid 60’s. It was a liquid developer copier. You sandwiched the original and a piece of special paper together in a carrier, then fed the sandwich in the slot in front. The original and carrier (theoretically) came out one of the two top slots, and the copy passed through the liquid and came out through another slot.

    Of course, every once in a while the carrier came out the first slot and a very wet original came out the second slot irretrievably bonded to the copy.

  10. Repack Rider says: April 16, 20118:00 pm

    These machines continued to be useful in the printing business right up until the computer publishing revolution of the eighties. They were used to create the screened images of photographs for printing.

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