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Hi Wendy,
I’m the guy who commented on the International Duplicators Guild’s youtube video. Thanks for pointing me to your site, and glad you added an option to contact you 🙂

I have a personal website where I write down my findings about mimeos as well. The mimeo section didn’t get that much update, as I didn’t do much research/experimenting recently: https://fdisk.space/mimeograph/

Currently I am experimenting with trying to print using wax paper. Not much progress yet, but I soon plan to get some more supplies (I was kinda winging it before) and do more tests.

I know you have plenty to do before, but I am eagerly awaiting to see progress on your mimeos. Once(or IF) I make some useful discoveries I will be happy to contribute to the website – it would be awesome to have a good resource for mimeographs!

Feel free to reach out any time (I kinda stopped using social media outside of some niche things, but I am always available via email).

Fred.

Fred! I’m really glad you swung back around to check if there was a contact option (comments were enabled for blog posts, but, well, yep, it’s a work in progress 😀 ). It looks like I’m treading in your footsteps – the more the merrier, right? I’ll drop you an email. I’m so glad to make this connection.

Hi, Wendy, I just came across Mimeograph Revival and then realized we’d already been chatting on my Mimeograph Users Group page on Facebook.

I haven’t posted this anywhere yet (though Erwin Blok has brought it up in the recent postings) but on Monday this week, Rich Dana and 2 of his pals drove up here to Minneapolis, rented a good-sized truck, and hauled-off my assortment of Gestetners and all the ink and stencils people had donated to me over the last 40 years.

I finally have half my garage back, and the collection is now safely residing in Iowa at the Iowa City Print Co-op. It was hard to let go of this gear, I’d kept it safe from the scrap heap for so long. I may still be in a bit of shock.

I kept one Gestetner 360 and one Gestafax 456 stencil scanner – one from the early 1950s that uses vacuum tubes instead of transistors. I kept some ink, paper, and stencils, and will print from time to time on small projects (or handbills to put on telephone polls warning of the coming riots – good to have a working printing press that needs no electricty these days.)

Hi Jeff! Somehow I thought I’d mentioned this little pet project in the course of our early conversation, but I’m trying not to be bombastic about what I’m working on (since, as you know, I’m totally untested in the mimeo-deep-end), so I might have neglected to toot the Mimeograph Revival horn!

You’d mentioned that your collection was moving – that’s gotta be bittersweet. I’m glad it’s going to a place where it’ll be well tended and used, though. Rich just mentioned in an email that he’d been on a mimeo excursion, so that must be what he referred to. I feel a tremendous gratitude for all the folks who’ve saved and stored (and sometimes used) the old machines and their ephemera. It’s a good cause.

I’m totally with you on the effort to figure out non-electric options and am looking forward to doing what I can to collaborate with the wider community and encourage the tinkering and creativity needed to bridge the old and new. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Hi, Wendy. I’m a little surprised to see you have only a brief mention of Thomas Edison, who invented stencil duplicating with his electric pen in 1875. (Patented as “Autographic Printing” in 1876). This led directly to AB Dick licensing Edison’s patents, coining the work “mimeograph”, and using Edison’s name to promote his system.
I have an extensive research website on the electric pen, with much original information: https://electricpen.org/index.htm
Perhaps you could include this link in your Resources section, and I could also provide scans of some original electric pen documents if you would like to add them to your Library.
(And hello to my good friend Jeff Schalles!)

Hi Bill, please don’t be too surprised – this site is new and it’s early days yet and there’s a LOT that’s not here simply because I’ve not had the time or opportunity to look for everything!

That said, though, holy-smokes, have you got a great site! I will definitely add a link to it on the Resources page and I’d be delighted to make available any scans of documentation that you’re willing to share. You can email me (using my username here @mimeographrevival.com) or if you’ve got a better way to connect me with things, let me know (edited to add: I can just “lift” things from your site, with attribution, perhaps?). I know some files can be larger than email systems prefer.

Thank you so much for reaching out, I’m so excited to be able to add the Edison info to MR (which is very much an incomplete collection still), and it’s always nice to meet other enthusiasts.

You made my day!

Wendy – you are welcome to re-publish my comment from another chat room here in mimeoland, with a small revision. I would like to have Allen Ginsberg’s name edited out of the text. Just leave it as… poets, writers, and musicians, or something like that. Lee did know Dave Van Ronk, though, that much is true. I got to meet him as well, he did a house concert in my girlfriend, Geri Sullivan’s, living room back in the mid-1990s. That was awesome!

Dear Wendy,

I was glad to hear about your site and find it great to open ressources regarding duplicators. I am posting these links here: https://obsolet.at/Manuals
https://obsolet.at/Advertisement
The sections of our (new and still under construction) website where we will gather the Gestetner documents we have. Feel free to use them if they are of any interests. So far there is only manuals and ads in french, but I hope to upload more soon.

All the best
Julien from Obsolet studio

Julien, thank you so much for your message. Sorry for my delayed response, I’ve been busy with family visiting and then catching up with work and I didn’t get an email notification. How exciting that you’ve got a mimeo project of your own going on (the more the merrier and doubly happy that other languages are being represented). I’ll add your links to my resources page right away!

I just found two gallons of mimeograph duplicating fluid in the basement. Would anyone have any interest in this?
Thanks, Carson

Are there any inks that can be used as substitutes for this type of duplicating fluid? I was born in ’85, looking for ways to copy print without electricity.

Hi there, are talking about the duplicating fluid for “ditto” machines (aka spirit duplicators)? If so, yes, there is still something available. You’ll want to look for the actual term “duplicating fluid” – as far as I know, it won’t have the characteristic smell that previous generations love so much, but it still works. I’ve not bought any as I don’t have a spirit duplicator. My quick search turned up this potential lead: https://gjchemical.com/chemical-distributor/duplicating-fluid-supplier-10045.aspx

You can use isopropyl alcohol (70%) and thermal tattoo transfer paper. This gives a really nice print. I think you can run off up to 30 copies but I’d need to check. I am going to experiment with some higher quality paper and 90% isopropyl alcohol later this week.

This is great (both that you’re making a tray and getting your machine to print)! If you post your duplicator project anywhere online, let me know and I’ll link to it. I’m considering creating a forum section here so that folks can share exactly this kind of information with others in one (more convenient) spot. Your tray-improvising experience would probably be of great interest to many.

Quick update. 90% isopropyl dries out to fast here in the high desert. 70% isopropyl with tattoo thermal transfer sheets will yield 30 copies consistently on a hand cranked machine.

Working on trying to get color this week.

I am writing this all up in a printed zine 🙂 but will also scan those pages in so they will be available on the web.

Hi ara, definitely keep me posted. I’ll link to anything you put up about your project (probably on the Resources page). Thanks for the progress reports!

I stumbled across your site looking for information on spirit duplicators and mimeographs. I recently rescued a 1937 Standard Mailing Machines Spirit duplicator. I have it up and running!

It’s in really great shape. The folks that found it cleaned it up. Sadly it’s missing the paper intake tray. Trying to source that part is a bit of a pain. I stripped it down, oiled up ever thing and made a new wick based on the old one. It prints nicely!

What a great find! Unfortunately, missing paper trays seem to be common (both feed trays and receiving trays). I think they get separated from their machines too easily and then people don’t know what they’re for. Pity. Can you improvise something?

I am hoping to build an intake tray over the next week or so. I found the patents for the machine but the tray isn’t described or drawn in great detail. Sadly a search for photos of this machine has turned up nothing so far. Likely a lot of trial and error 🙂

Thank you for this site, Fred!

This morning I thought of the mimeograph machine as something that could be worthy of a comeback. (I remembered that my elementary school had one and made a decent newsletter at lest each year.) I’d like to know if there is a source for purchasing these machines or the like.

Hi Chef,

there’s no centralized location for all things mimeograph – you’ll be able to find machines on ebay, facebook marketplace, or sometimes at garage or estate sales and antique stores, etc. Good luck stalking the wild mimeo and happy hunting!

Thank you for the collected resources you’ve made available. I have just published a write-up of my printmaking process using Risograph stencils at home. It includes some information about experiments to find the ideal ink consistency as well as troubleshooting print quality to get crisp, high-resolution images. https://www.nobadmemories.com/blog/2022/05/mimeoprinting/
Please feel free to include a link to it on your resources page if you like.

Fantastic, Rachel! What a great write-up and even if you did reinvent the wheel, it’s a very helpful reinvention! I’m happy to add link to your post. Thanks for sharing.

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