Looking out my Backdoor: The day my mimeograph machine broke


Last updated 3/4/2021 at 8:03am

Back in the olden days, in grade school, teachers used low-tech machines which made copies for all manner of school work, from pictures to color (don’t color out of the lines) to test questions.

Teacher, most of whom we called Miss: Miss Brown, Miss Naomi, Miss Mary, would snap a stencil onto the drum of the machine. The slick paper, the stencil, and the ink combined to make an unforgettable sensory memory scent, sort of chemical alcohol. If you were Miss Brown, Miss Naomi or Miss Mary, you were careful to keep the ink away from fingers and clothing. In fifth grade, we got Mr. Glasgow....

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