Other mimeograph write-ups, sites, and resources

  • Obsolet Mimeo Print Studio has a section devoted to manuals and advertisements (available free, just like this site) with a focus on Gestetner models. Based in Vienna, the majority of their holdings are in German. Their mission is very much in alignment with Mimeograph Revival: “Analog printing is also a sustainable technology: the machines work without electricity; the ink is soy-based and does not contain any chemicals. We also use uncoated and recycled paper. The ability to self-publish promotes creative independence and gives a a clear understanding of the process of printing. We are thus setting an example against predetermined breaking points and expiring durability. Obsolet Studio deals with questions about the obsolescence of products and, closely related to it, the obsolescence and forgetting of knowledge and manufacturing techniques.”
  • For an extremely detailed look at the development, manufacture, and distribution of Thomas Edison’s electric pen, the precursor to A. B. Dick’s mimeograph, don’t miss Bill Burns’ well-researched site, Edison’s Electric Pen.
  • Early Office Museum page on “Antique Copying Machines
  • Woorilla Caught, a site dedicated to memorializing childhood in the 1960s and 70s had a post on the Roneo duplicator.
  • Robert Marjoribanks (see Tutorials, below) shows his prints and projects on Instagram.


Coming soon.


Stampalofi – lo fi printmaking

Without using a mimeograph machine, Robert Marjoribanks makes low-tech prints with a hybrid screenprint/mimeo method. He’s got a gif-based tutorial at, here. A nice touch is his use of rice-flour- or corn-starch-based medium to make ink out of on-hand pigments from items like coffee, red cabbage. He does in-person workshops in Leith (UK). More info is available here.

DIY mimeograph machine – the Tin-Can Wonder

Courtesy of Rich Dana (Obsolete Press) and Pete Balestrieri (Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections at the University of Iowa), instructions for making a DIY mimeograph machine are now available to all.

But this is a lead-up to the all-in-one guide, Cheap Copies! reviewed here and available here.


Visit this blog post for detailed information on the paper used in stencils and the processes involved in making it, including videos.

Ink Pads

Visit this blog post for an ink-pad tutorial targeted toward the Heyer Lettergraph 60 but with customized options.


Folks and their projects

  • Curtis Scaglione’s Antique and Vintage Office Museum -no mimeographs, but lots of other cool stuff (thanks to Curtis for donating some digital resources for the library here).
  • Tomoko Kanzaki works with mimeography in the way mimeography was developed in Japan. See here for the art studio page (mostly in Japanese), here for instagram, and here for info on a newly released book, “The Past and Future of Mimeograph.”
  • Fred Bednarski’s mimeograph pages – Fred’s experimenting with making inks and stencils (among other things). Like me, he’s looking for non-electric, low-tech options. Unbeknownst to me, he had the same idea to create a mimeograph repository. There must be something in the air.
  • Similar in concept (kind of) to Mimeograph Revival, but broader in scope, the dead media project has a little on mimeographs but more on other retro-tech that might be worth resuscitating.
  • Ted Munk’s site has lots of typewriter-related goodies and is the source for several of the documents presented in the library here.
  • Rich Dana’s Obsolete Press.

2 replies on “Resources”

Great to find this site. I have an Edison No 1 and want to work with it. I need a source (preferably UK) of stencil paper and correct ink — cannot find either.

I don’t know of any specifically UK-based sources of stencils, but there’s a European mimeographer who has a supply of stencils and I believe he sells them. If you use facebook, please ask the Mimeomania group (and check if there’s anyone in the UK who has them): For ink, you can use the readily available Risograph ink (obtained cheaply on ebay – no matter if it’s “expired”). Best of luck!

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