A spirit duplicating "Banda" machine used in Richard Hornby's estate agents office in Sanderstead from around 1960 until 1976. The machine could produce 100 copies from a master sheet, but only of text and line drawings. If photographs were needed, they would get postage stamp sized ones printed up and stick them onto the particulars. To make a master sheet, you typed or wrote on paper laid on top of a sheet of carbon paper coated with dye, which then stuck to the back of the paper. The paper was wrapped round the drum, which was saturated with alcohol-based spirit. The spirit slightly dissolved the dye and printed it onto the copies, which were fed under the drum. The machine was made by Block and Anderson, whose trade name was "Banda". Photocopiers were not cheap enough to be widely used until the 1980s.
whole: 1080 x 410 x 660 mm
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