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.”