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Old 03-31-2014, 09:27 AM   #10
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We had both, but the powerful aroma came from the mimeograph ink (Gestetner was a brand name). Children perceive the odors of VOCs more powerfully than do adults, I think.

My last encounter with mimeo ink was in 1998-99 when I worked at a school that had a Risograph: a machine that made a mimeo stencil by scanning the original. It was automated enough to install the stencil on its own and remove it when the next page was scanned, so no one had to handle the inky stencils unless it jammed. It also ran very fast once it had installed the stencil; sometimes it shot the output pages clear across the room.

Originally Posted by annc View Post
Were they the spirit duplicators (metho) or the gestetner machines (ink)?

The correction fluid for the gestetner pages had alcohol in it too, from memory, so it had its own smell.

How sensory deprived young people are these days...
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