Ah...Remembrance of things past...
I still have my school notebooks filled with ditto copies...the mauve writing probably made me a homo.
And why was the smell so addicting? I have to say though that since the test paper was a ditto copy...the scent also may be what fear really smelled like.
I just remember bad copies from ancient copy machines. Fuzzy, crooked, and speckled. Hmmm.....
I remember those machines, at least as far back as 5th grade, would have been '88-'89 school year for me.
I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it.
It was the alcohol. Even now, after all these years, I could still smell it in my mind when I read the topic title.
Preceeded by the mimeograph.
According to my trusty 1965 World Book encyclopedia, the ditto machine (spirit duplicator) and mimeograph (stencil duplicator) were competing technologies in the document-copying market. I learn that the mimeograph can be traced to inventor Thomas Edison, who patented a stencil duplicator called “autographic printing.” Albert Blake Dick invented the mimeograph in 1884, and Wilhelm Ritzerfeld gave us the ditto machine in 1923.
It was poppers, the entire school was buzzin on amyl.
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I loved ditto paper. If you were the teachers pet, they would let you run the copies off. It was a huge honor.
I sure don't miss those messy Carbon Copy sheets... which have now been replaced with a "CC: / BCC:" icon in the e-mail. LOL
I have binders full of them. Or did have. I chucked them out after the shed where I kept my school work from 30 years ago sprung a leak when the felt flew off in a gale. All the wonderful solar system diagrams, the roman centurion, the biology ones, dinosaurs, my gosh, that takes me back....
The best ditto machines were made by a company called AB Dick!
I remember them as a student.
Alas, by the time I started teaching in the mid-1980's the school districts I worked for had gone 100% copier.
But the smell, and feel (they had a cool alcohol tingle to them)of them were always cool!
The Three Musketeers... Bashful, Chrisglass, and Ronboy!
The make at our school was Banda. Now you mention the cool feel, I can almost feel it... And the project on gerbils.
I liked the smell of liquid white out, rubber erasers, and rubber cement glue.
It was always a "Gestetner Machine" where I went to school.
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I remember the paper from school but we didn't call it ditto paper.
I seem to recall we knew it as Roneo copies