NOW COPY on the GO! (Oct, 1961)

Rather than speculate Anken’s patent for a “Portable Photocopying Apparatus” may be found here. The Polaroid lawsuit I found against Anken involved trademark infringement over the name of one of their copy machines and had nothing to do with this portable copier.  Reading the patent apparently a sensitized sheet and the original are exposed to light and the exposed sheet goes through development and fixing. The fact that this copier came out shortly after Xerox began offering office machines using their dry process probably contributed to its disappearance.

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  1. Hirudinea says: August 8, 20124:05 pm

    Neat, I wonder what kind of copying technology it uses?

  2. JMyint says: August 10, 20127:24 am

    Judging from the flurry of law suits over the process in the early 60s, I would say it was similar to a Polaroid picture.

  3. Casandro says: August 11, 201212:53 pm

    Well as long as it’s not a thermal copier. Those were common in Eastern Germany (the communistic part). Essentially they had a large lamp heating up your original. The dark parts would heat up more than the bright ones, and you’d then transfer the heat to a piece of thermal paper.
    If there was a paper-jam your paper would start to burn.

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