Photocopier - Rank Xerox, Manual, 1950s Object Reg. No: ST 041397

Rank Xerox manual photocopier, made by Rank Xerox in Britain possibly in the 1950s.

Very early model of Xerox Copier in which a "camera" mounted on an optical bench took an image on prepared paper. The paper was then dusted with powder and baked in an oven to "set" the powder. The whole process took 10 to 20 minutes per copy!
Rank Xerox manual photocopier. It includes an optical bench, camera, light sources, furnace, boxes of accessories such as toner, developer and rayon wool. There are short operating instructions attached to the document plate.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victoria: Education Department Correspondence School
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: photocopiers
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: copiers
Manufacturer: Rank Xerox, 1950 or later
References: - accessed 13 November 2008


Kim Vernon Posted on 08 Mar 2011 9:02 PM
Model is the 1385 of the 1960's and the main use was to make plate masters for offset machines. May look archaic but was used into the late 70's in print shops.
David Everett Posted on 16 Feb 2013 10:10 AM
used one of these to make offset litho plates for Cambrian airways 1966. very slow.

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