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  • merc,

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Put those mushrooms down and listen to me!

    Do you want to use my encyclopaedic knowledge of Gestetners or not?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Of course, please proceed. We had not successfully moved the action from the hut house, nor had we moved forward with the G. Though as The Existentialist Cyclist was genius. I note we have about 5000 views though.
    So John, where do you want to go from here?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    The first thing I learned about gestetners was that the ink was bloody difficult to get off your fingers.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    That was after discovering how heavy the damned thing was to carry home......

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Could you describe what it was like to use it?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Sheer drudgery. It was hand cranked, one turn for each copy.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    As you can see, my expertise is on the hardware side. The copy was typed by others.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    On a typewriter?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    I think you typed directly onto these sheets, two membranes with squidgy black ink in between. The typwriter pierced the top membrane, allowing the ink to taste freedom

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Some sort of el cheapo portable. For even stencils, you were supposed to use an IMB electric. Could you see political radicals doing that, even if they could afford one?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    You could also draw onto the sheets. It was messy. And re: drudgery- that's why the form two kids were "employed" by the headmaster to do the turning. We could make it sing.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    The Gestetner has a fabric blind, which is an endless loop. The stencil is a plastic sheet, cut by the typewriter to give the text pattern. The stencil is fitted over the blind, the blind is inked, and a turn of the handle forces the paper (usually the coarsest newsprint, for cheapskates) against the stencil. Ink runs through the text holes on the stencil, and presto! Printed paper. One printed sheet per turn of the handle. Fancy commercial machines had electric motors.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    We didn't have dedicated radicals for the work. We were producing the Diamond Harbour Herald- a bit like the Auckland Herald, but more intellectual as it was produced by the Diamond Harbour School.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    Where did the meths smell come from?

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    From the meths, dear hamish.
    Which, now that I think about it, was kept in the headmaster's office.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    And the meths fitted into the scenario, where? Cleaning or thinners or light refreshments?

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    I think Meths is in lots of printing stuff. We used to clean windows with newpapers- it works really well, if they're not too old. You dip a bunch in water and wipe the window with the; then dry it with dry ones. Someone who seemed to know said it was the meths, acting as a solvent for the stickier grime; fly spots or vermouth.
    Technically, I was a very small cog at the Herald, and not allowed near the meths. It may have just been for cleaning up the machine.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    John will know about the meths. He is a sort of gestetner-google (but currently off-line?)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    If it smells like meths, then it's not a Gestetner, but a later iteration, the spirit duplicator, also referred to as a 'Banda' or 'ditto'. Lovely purple printing (usually), and (according to wikipedia), the smell of isopropyl alcohol and methanol. Mmmmmm

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 689 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Sigmund Gestetner of the Gestetner Cyclograph Company recently moved with his young family to Helensville to act as an advisor to mercProductions. Something is up!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    That is of course classified, however in due course you will all be required on set. It will be a meths free set, though those of you who need it, being newly back from BF, quinnine will be made available.
    Helensville has been chosen due to it's proximity to Ruawai, Two Waters and the potatoe capital of teh World. Brush up people on your carving skills, we will be setting the new film in 1840, so potatoe prints. The Chermans also require Martin Luther in at least one appearance and possibly a Heidelburg.
    Good, to work and goodnight.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    You're carving the new film on potatoes!?
    A stroke of genius, and it can be easily mashed it up later. If the grants don't come flowing, we can always make soup.
    But there are technical thingies that might cause excessive vibration when the tohunga whakairo start carving 24 potatoes a second. Don't say you weren't warned.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    Helensville eh? I'm seeing Dayle Jones as Von Krankenhausen! Whaddyasay!
    Rob, we'll talk merc out of potato film stock thing, he's being artistic is all.

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Set in 1840? A subplot could be the looming shadow of the impending age of duplicators.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 215 posts Report Reply

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