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The Means of Reproduction
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Publish-date-icon November 24, 2012
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This is the second in a series of autobiographical reminiscences which I am recording at the request of friends.

Much of my life has been taken up with the business of printing, and preparing publications and publicity for printing. It all had to start somewhere, and for me it started at school. In the sixties and seventies, photocopying and litho printing were expensive, but we had two low-cost means of publishing stuff: spirit duplications (Banda, Ditto) or stencil duplicating (Gestetner, Roneo, Rex-Rotary etc).

This ‘AutoBioCast’ of about 22 minutes explains how those technlogies worked, what was my own experience of using them at school and university, and what the significance was in terms of ‘the freedom of the press’ and a precursor to Web publishing.

The immediate inspiration for preparing this podcast, is that while riding the 373 London bus, I noticed a large old house in Highbury marked with a blue memorial plaque: it told me that David Gestetner, the inventor of one of these processes, had lived there.And that got my mind working…

(Recorded in November 2012, while still suffering from the after-effects of a cold.)

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