Edison Automatic Mimeograph, No. 51, 1898-1905

Summary

Thomas Edison received a patent in 1876 for "Autographic Printing," covering the electric pen and flatbed press; a patent for "Autographic Stencils" followed in 1880. The mimeograph was invented by Albert Blake Dick in 1887, who licensed and refined Edison's patents. This low-cost, stencil-based printing technology was popular until displaced by photocopying machines and offset printing in the 1960s.

Thomas Edison received a patent in 1876 for "Autographic Printing," covering the electric pen and flatbed press; a patent for "Autographic Stencils" followed in 1880. The mimeograph was invented by Albert Blake Dick in 1887, who licensed and refined Edison's patents. This low-cost, stencil-based printing technology was popular until displaced by photocopying machines and offset printing in the 1960s.

Artifact

Mimeograph

Date Made

1898-1905

Creators

A. B. Dick Company 

Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by A. B. Dick Company, from the invention and subsequent patents of Thomas A. Edison.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

62.170.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Aluminum Alloy
Cast iron
Charcoal (Material)
Copper alloy
Cotton (Textile)
Iron alloy
Paper (Fiber product)
Rubber (Material)
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 12 in

Width: 18 in

Length: 27 in

Inscriptions

ink tube label (partial) U.S. Patent, Sept. 30, 1890 Climate Proof Conc . . . Special . . . . . . . only by A.B.Dick Company for Use on the Automatic Mimeograph and the Edison Hand M . . . . Special Directions Automati . . . newspaper fragment: [calendar] July 1905

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