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Raise your hand if you remember the DITTO Machine

  1. Stimp profile image75
    Stimpposted 8 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 image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

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

  3. Dink96 profile image59
    Dink96posted 8 years ago

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

  4. Stimp profile image75
    Stimpposted 8 years ago

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

  5. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 8 years ago

    I so remember them, along with manual typewriters smile

  6. fishtiger58 profile image78
    fishtiger58posted 8 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 image61
    Ron Montgomeryposted 8 years ago


  8. The Rope profile image54
    The Ropeposted 8 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 image69
    gary777gposted 8 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 image86
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 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 image82
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    The gestetner! I remember it all too well!

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    texizeposted 8 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 image48
    oldman1941posted 8 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!

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    ralwusposted 8 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