"Machines That Made Them: Identifying Twentieth-Century Duplicating Technologies," a workshop on Sept. 18

Machines that Made Them poster

Despite more than a century of near-ubiquity, duplicated materials remain poorly studied and understood — even among collectors, curators, booksellers, and scholars who frequently handle them. But to misunderstand, for example, what separates a xerox from a mimeograph, or to be unable to distinguish a ditto from a hectograph can have profound implications in our interpretations of books and texts. This workshop will introduce the various duplicating technologies (from spirit duplication and xerography to electrofax and verifax) and explain their particular characteristics, with examples from typical publications and documents produced by these means. We will also differentiate duplication from printing, and begin to discuss some of the bibliographic implications of these technologies.

Free and open to Princeton University faculty, students, and staff

The Machines That Made Them: Identifying Twentieth-Century Duplicating Technologies 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Firestone Library, Special Collections, C Floor, Large Classroom

This event is part of a series of workshops being held by the Rare Book Working Group (RBWG) during the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information about the RBWG series, please visit rbsc.princeton.edu/rbwg.

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