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Advert for the Rapid Roller Copier

Advert for the Rapid Roller Copier

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1888

Shelfmark: Evan.6057

Item number: 6057

Genre: Leaflet

19th century clerks had to hand-write every document, and methods of reproduction, such as the standard hand press, were often very time consuming or expensive. This Rapid Roller Copier is in essence a forerunner of the modern photocopier. Original documents were written in copying ink and placed into the machine. The operator would then turn a handcrank, which would impress the contents of the document on to blank sheets of paper. According to this advert, "100 letters can be copied in two minutes."

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