Raise your hand if you remember the DITTO Machine

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  1. Stimp profile image61
    Stimpposted 14 years ago

    And, do you remember the smell of the ink.  Yes, I'm odd.  That's one of my favorite memories of school.  Being handed Ditto'd pages fresh off the machine and smelling the ink.

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image80
    Uninvited Writerposted 14 years ago

    Oh yes...I can even remember that smell smile

  3. Dink96 profile image60
    Dink96posted 14 years ago

    oh yes, the purple ink, the drum printing, and the smell....memories of Catholic school!

  4. Stimp profile image61
    Stimpposted 14 years ago

    I think youngsters wonder where the phrase "Dito that" came from...LOL

  5. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 14 years ago

    I so remember them, along with manual typewriters smile

  6. fishtiger58 profile image68
    fishtiger58posted 14 years ago

    It was the first thing we all did in school when handed a ditto copy. Smell it and the purple ink was cool.

  7. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 14 years ago


  8. The Rope profile image60
    The Ropeposted 14 years ago

    Hey "guys", sometimes it's better not to tell all.  We "ditto fiends" were probably the forerunners to the next generation of glue snifters... wink

  9. gary777g profile image65
    gary777gposted 14 years ago

    ...and the noise it made as you turned the handle:  "click-itty clcik-itty click-itty..."   

    They called it a mimeograph in my school - similar technology, competing with ditto.

  10. Zsuzsy Bee profile image83
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 14 years ago

    ....and then when we turned seniors how important we felt when it was our turn to help in the office... and spill the ink all over, then trying to clean up the mess and it smearing all over my hands, my uniform, my socks and my shoes... my hand were stained for weeks... no never heard of it, way before my time

  11. lrohner profile image67
    lrohnerposted 14 years ago

    The gestetner! I remember it all too well!

  12. profile image51
    texizeposted 14 years ago

    And the other sound it made in addition to the clack, clack, more like a pa-CHEEW,pa-CHEEW, pa-CHEEW, pa-CHEEW as the duplicator fluid was sprayed onto each advancing sheet. At least this is what it sounded like. I read that the paper dipped into a tank of it on the way to meet the printing sheet. I never got a chance to take one apart to see how it worked exactly. Does anyone on here know? Maybe there were different designs.

  13. oldman1941 profile image57
    oldman1941posted 14 years ago

    My hand is high and blue goo, lol.  Great post, the best part was they encouraged the literary beast inside to publish our own memos and broadsides lambasting the status quo.  They were basic simple machines and were cheap to buy used for home publishing.  I had one and put out many a poetry magazine back then.  Hoo rah for the ditto machine!

  14. profile image0
    ralwusposted 14 years ago

    How could anyone forget that? Oh yes, the smell is most nostalgic to me. My god, so many years have passed since first grade, LOL


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