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    you may be older than me
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    you may be older than me
    You never cranked out mimeographed worksheets? Oh, I always volunteered.

    Probably what started me huffing.

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    A close second to airplane glue.

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    A close second to airplane glue.
    The second tier, there. By the time youíre on Duco and Testors, itís all downhill.

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    Ah, the intoxicating "Ode de A.B. Dick"! I got the whiffs at school of course, but my Mom had her own machine that she used to produce brochures for our family business, so I got a dose at home too.

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    I remember eagerly looking forward to catching a Thursday after lunch vocabulary crossword puzzle buzz in elementary school. The teacher would run off copies during the break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    You never cranked out mimeographed worksheets? Oh, I always volunteered.

    Probably what started me huffing.

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    Maybe Because I Grew Up In Hicksville Is Why We Still Had Them?
    i once snuck into the teachers lounge (smokers lounge) in high school and was gonna photocopy my chest, killer pecs and abs, unmarred by body hair, i picked this giant copying machine up and held it up against me and my friend and compatriot in all gags and jokes hit the COPY button

    when he hit the button the ****ing machine, not designed to be used at ninety degrees, dumped its entire toner load out onto me from about my solar plexus down, drenched, permanently staining the one carpeted room in the entire school

    my friend bolted, little bitch

    i just grabbed my shirt and walked to the office to face my suspension like a man

    i bet those footprint from my blackend jordans still mark that march down the hallway
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    man, i still have ONE clown that is using a stupid mimeograph machine. i get those AWFUL smelling fuzzy blue blueprints in here every so often and it gives me a headache.


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    familiar smell at home and grandmothers office. I cranked my share of programs and advertising.

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    I remember these in action at the farm at the bottom of our street in Lincolnshire:

    threshing.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i once snuck into the teachers lounge (smokers lounge) in high school and was gonna photocopy my chest, killer pecs and abs, unmarred by body hair, i picked this giant copying machine up and held it up against me and my friend and compatriot in all gags and jokes hit the COPY button

    when he hit the button the ****ing machine, not designed to be used at ninety degrees, dumped its entire toner load out onto me from about my solar plexus down, drenched, permanently staining the one carpeted room in the entire school

    my friend bolted, little bitch

    i just grabbed my shirt and walked to the office to face my suspension like a man

    i bet those footprint from my blackend jordans still mark that march down the hallway
    My kids wonder at two aspects of my high school experience:
    1) People actually looked different. There were ďuniformsĒ, as it were, to let you know. Stoners, jocks, punks, etc. The kids find that charming.
    2) There was a smoking section at my high school. They just cannot understand that smoking was so normal and accommodated back when MTV played music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    I remember these in action at the farm at the bottom of our street:

    threshing.jpg
    It is honestly like you live in a Thomas the Tank Engine book.

    Or on a puzzle.

    Either way, it seems to good to be true.

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    we didn't have a smoking section in HS, but they definitely didn't care

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    I remember these tar spreaders in action too- smells of coal smoke, hot tar, and hot oil all mingled.

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    For those of us in the engineering field, remember when making a print involved going into a small, smelly room (no, not THAT one!) and working a machine that had glowing blue lights, jugs of foul-smelling liquid, and had it's own exhaust to the great outdoors?

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    No one mentioned that it was called "ditto paper". I remember during elementary school preparing one by writing on special paper and then turning the crank to generate copies. The smell was quite strong. Thank goodness for recess to get fresh air.

    Later on during a high school drafting class we did blueprints with ammonia and UV lights. The smell was intense. No thanks.
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    I inherited one of these from my dad, and gave it away eventually. The engine was a 50cc two-stroke, by Vincent-HRD, the motor bike people.
    I remember those ammonia fumes from the dyeline print machines!

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    When I got in trouble at school, they called my Mom on one of these thangs.
    Six numbers back then and I was in the **** when I got home.




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    OK, if we're going to expand the scope of this beyond office machines full of nocuous chemicals, here's a favorite of mine. Imagine the frozen dark of an early Northern NY morning. A boy, asleep in bed (dreaming of a "snow day" off from school) is suddenly shaken awake by a deep, pounding, rumbling noise. The room, pitch dark a minute ago, is now alight with racing yellow beams zooming around the walls. Damn! It's the Walter -- there will be school today after all!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    For those of us in the engineering field, remember when making a print involved going into a small, smelly room (no, not THAT one!) and working a machine that had glowing blue lights, jugs of foul-smelling liquid, and had it's own exhaust to the great outdoors?

    Yep, Diazo IIRC, reeking of ammonia from that developing fluid.
    There was another one called dry silver. Good if you don't want old prints causing confusion when a drawing may have been modified because the print medium peeled off of the paper after some use.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I wonder how long it took to burn up the clutch on that Walter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    I wonder how long it took to burn up the clutch on that Walter?
    I donít know, but I bet it smelled great.

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    Our design office never threw anything out.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Our design office never threw anything out.
    I think I see Roman numerals, too? When was the office founded, 1235?

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    One for Robert?
    One of the British Railways fireman was a neighbour, and I cadged a somewhat unofficial ride on the footplate of one of these when I was about 10.

    tank engine.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    One for Robert?
    One of the British Railways fireman was a neighbour, and I cadged a somewhat unofficial ride on the footplate of one of these when I was about 10.

    tank engine.jpg
    Sweet! We have a wee Shay steam loco that runs nearby, and Iíve been on it a few times. We also have Fam who work trains, so weíve done a bit of lurking around yards.
    Oldest Son is a total foamer, so Iíve spent a ton of time around locos.

    Me? I just really dig machines. We are some genius ass monkeys, man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willmarsh3 View Post
    No one mentioned that it was called "ditto paper". I remember during elementary school preparing one by writing on special paper and then turning the crank to generate copies. The smell was quite strong. Thank goodness for recess to get fresh air.

    Later on during a high school drafting class we did blueprints with ammonia and UV lights. The smell was intense. No thanks.
    'Back in the day' I worked on a microfiche aperture card duplicator (IBM 9955) which used an ammonia process. If you had a sinus problem or cold, it cleared you right up !!! We had a special candle (seriously), to detect leaking ammonia fumes . I was glad when it became obsolete .



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    My first job after graduation was at a small east-coast Canada shipyard. My desk & drafting table was right next to the diazo machine room. It was of WWII vintage and operated in what was called an 'open-bath' ammonia process. The smell was incredibly strong, but as Rick says above, it sure cleaned out the sinuses!

    On another ship-related reminiscence, who can help but warmly remember the days before CNC plate-cutting when everything was template from the loft floor? (My knees hurt just remembering it, and I was only on the loft floor occasionally!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by moTthediesel View Post
    OK, if we're going to expand the scope of this beyond office machines full of nocuous chemicals, here's a favorite of mine. Imagine the frozen dark of an early Northern NY morning. A boy, asleep in bed (dreaming of a "snow day" off from school) is suddenly shaken awake by a deep, pounding, rumbling noise. The room, pitch dark a minute ago, is now alight with racing yellow beams zooming around the walls. Damn! It's the Walter -- there will be school today after all!

    what a beast

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    what a beast
    they were using these in michigan when i left

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    If you can point to the distributor on this thing, then we can be impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I think I see Roman numerals, too? When was the office founded, 1235?

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    I think it was on a Monday, as you say with a slap-up lunch.
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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