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Subject:RE: old school From:"Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> To:"'Nancy Allison'" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 19 May 2008 10:56:55 -0700
Not of famous paintings, but of hand-drawn sketches from students. One
Thanksgiving, my homeroom teacher decided to put together a holiday
newsletter. Some students wrote articles and others drew pictures. I drew
a full-color turkey in crayon and the teacher started to make a comment
about how the colors would all come out one color, but caught herself before
she'd risk upsetting me, "oh, it's alright." The articles were typed and
the sketches were in the margin. The colors in my turkey turned out as nice
shading and patterns. I can still remember the smell of that purple
As I recall, there was some sort of machine that would take a copy of the
pasted up original and turn that copy into something that could be strapped
on to a drum that a student would hand crank to generate reproductions.
Maybe the wax in the crayon was part of the technology.
I thought it was a mimeograph machine, but the results were called dittos.
Perhaps "ditto" was like "Xerox" and was a term applied to any smelly
reproduction, regardless of the technology involved.
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> Subject: Re: old school
> Maybe someone can explain something that puzzled me no end,
> and I never figured it out.
> Some teachers provided mimeos or dittos that were
> reproductions of photographs or works of art. They clearly
> were not hand-drawn on the stencil; somehow the artwork was
> transferred accurately to the stencil. Did they perhaps buy
> them from a supplier? They were too well done to have been
> done even by the school art teacher (I mean, too well done
> given the clumsiness of the stencils and the thickness of the ink).
> Anyone else remember those purple reproductions of famous
> paintings, portraits, etc?
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