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Object Name: Diaphragm mimeograph
Date: ca. 1897
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Medium: Wood, metal, paper, cardboard, ink, sponge
Dimensions: Overall: 4 3/4 x 17 x 13 1/4 in. ( 12.1 x 43.2 x 33.7 cm )
Place made: North America, U.S.A., Chicago
Description: Diaphragm mimeograph consisting of wooden box opening to reveal set of compartments, with diaphragm (consisting of frame, stencil, and printing-bed) stacked on top, also with sheet of paper mounted on cardboard printed with script and line drawing of woman's profile; in compartments, stand with metal attachments to hold roller (missing), roll of oiled papers, tube of ink in cardboard box, crumpled paper, round cardboard lid, and piece of sponge; lithographed panel and painted inscription (in red, gold, and green) on front, with printed papers attached to inside of lid (torn and stained with ink) and bottom of box; two metal hooks swing up to screws on front of lid, to fasten box.
Object Number: INV.7894
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Marks: lithographed: on box lid, inside panel: "The EDISON MIMEOGRAPH/LIST OF PATENTS PERTAINING TO DUPLICATING MACHINES AND PROCESSES OWNED/JAN. [illeg.] 1897 BY A. B. DICK COMPANY, CHICAGO, U.S.[A.]/OTHER PATENTS PENDING/INVENTED BY/THOMAS A. EDISON. [list of patents, in two columns]" lithographed: on front of box, lid and lower part of box below: "No. 1/EDISON MIMEOGRAPH" printed: on first sheet of paper attached to inside of box lid: "DIRECTIONS/FOR USING/The Edison Mimeograph,/MANUFACTURED ONLY BY/THE A. B. DICK COMPANY,/152 & 154 LAKE STREET./CHICAGO./[set of instructions, with accompanying illustrations]" printed: on second sheet of paper attached to inside of box lid: "...PRICE LIST.../OF/EDISON'S STANDARD MIMEOGRA [torn] [includes list of machines, parts, and supplies, with prices]" printed: on piece of paper attached to bottom of box, below roller mounted on stand: "IMPORTANT TO OPERATORS/[divided by thick line]/THE ROLLER [within box] To print satisfactorily, the/Inking Roller must be kept/clean and when it loses its/elasticity and is no longer/soft, IT SHOULD BE REPLACED/WITH A NEW ONE, as good results/CANNOT POSSIBLY be obtained with/a hard roller... [continues with four other sets of instructions]"