Tina Lewis Rowe

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Write One and Make Copies–A Great Idea!

For my work, the most crucial piece of office equipment, next to a computer, is a copying machine. Even though I am trying to conserve paper and energy–which is why I send most “handouts” as e-files after training–I want to use workbooks. I am very grateful for modern copiers that staple, punch holes and collate–and certainly remember when we did not have them.

The rights to Thomas Edison’s invention of  an “Autographic Printer” in 1876, were bought by A.B. Dick company and the new item was called a mimeograph–a generic name that is now used to describe many brands. Mimeographs are still very popular, especially in countries where electricity is not readily available. Many schools and churches in the United States use them for small copying jobs.

Have you ever cranked-out copies on a mimeograph machine? If so, have you ever copied on the wrong side of the paper because you didn’t put it on the roller correctly? Have you ever had the circles in the letters p, q, o and b, filled in with blobs of ink? Ahh, the memories!

In spite of the drawbacks, the mimeograph machine has at least a few advantages over larger copiers. Most mimeograph copiers do not require electricity. They do not have to have the toner cartridge replaced. Paper will not jam behind door 3a 1.b, requiring a technician to come out and get your mangled original from the jaws of the Copy Monster. And, they are fast–although I doubt the claim in the ad that you could make 1,000 copies in an hour.

I’m glad Mr. Edison found time in his incredible life to invent the Mimeograph machine!  I’m especially glad that others used Edison’s ideas to develop copying machines that are even more useful than those early inventions. I’m anxious to see what the future brings. And, I intend to still be producing workbooks!

November 2nd, 2008 Posted by | Training, Technology, Blogs, A/V etc. | 2 comments