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December 18, 2013

Do you know what this is?


This past week's artifact from the Nelson Pioneer Farm is a mimeograph duplicator machine.

This was a very popular artifact and many people emailed or sent Facebook messages about their guesses as to its identity. Thirteen people sent Facebook responses. Here is just a few of the people's comments.

Alwyn Hall, of University Park, replied via email: “Th machine pictured on p. 3 of the Dec. 11, 2013 Oskaloosa Herald Shopper I think is hand cranked mimeograph machine used in schools and churches in the late 50's & early 60's, before the advent of electronic copy machines.  As I remember it, someone would painstakingly try to accurately type a "stencil" which was then attached to the rotating drum, and then a fragrant ink would be applied to paper that was feed through by the roller, each round making one mimeographed "copy".  Fresh copies always had a distinctive smell.  That's my guess.”

Heather Groenenboom also wrote via email: “My guess is that it looks like some sort of a printing press... I would like to guess that it is a Mimeograph.”

Joyce Hoyt also wrote via email: “I would like to make a guess on  the artifact pictured in the Dec 11th  Shopper . I believe it is a mimeograph machine used for duplication. You would prepare a master carbon copy  and put it on  the drum of the machine. From that it would make copies.”

Jim Sutton, of Eddyville, wrote via email: “I believe this is a mimeograph machine.  I remember using one of these while working on the "Twinkler", the Eddyville High School paper back in the late 50's.”

Kayla Scholtus wrote via Facebook: “Looks like a newspaper printer to me!

Ron Barrett wrote on Facebook: “Wet tape dispenser for taping boxes closed ?”

David Lloyd Corbett also wrote on Facebook: “makes copies. has a name just can't remember it.”

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