Monday, November 27, 2006

Made in USSR

How many items that bear the sign "CCCP" can you find these days in western Europe? This machine was made in Leningrad and is a "Polygrafiyetchki Mahshin".
This polygraph copy machine (nothing to do with lie detector machines) is something like a typewriter which types multiple copies. After serving for many years in a publishing company it now adorns the "Books Arcade" in central Athens.

5 comments:

Kris said...

we have loads,,have to admit, they are built to last!

jing said...

whats for CCCP? (sorry for my lazy mind to find it out...)
and this kind of old machine is some stuff that the museum like to collect them.
i am familiar with them.

jing
www.shanghaidailyphoto.com

ferg said...

I'm pretty sure that is a Linotype or Monotype machine. Everytime you press a
key a mold of that particular character drops from the large metal tray (shown
on the top). When a full line is finished, Molten lead (well a mixture of
lead, antimony and tin) is poured into the mold, and then released. This forms
a relief set of the line. These lines are then stacked together, and assembled
together in the form of a newspaper page, which is then used in a printing
press to print your newspaper. Newspapers from many years ago had hundreds of
these machines! Cool or what!!!

PS Nice page. I visited Athens for the first time 2 months ago. Big city!!!!

Ovelikios said...

Ferg
Impressive info!
Thank you very much!

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