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(graphic arts)
A duplicating device for making copies by means of a stretched stencil and ink roller.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a stencil-printing machine for rapid duplication of documents in small- and medium-sized batches. The stencil is made on special stencil paper by typewriter or by photoelectric, photomechanical, or galvanic means. The stencil is set on a drum whose surface is inked by an inking device. During printing, ink is forced through the openings of the stencil and onto a sheet of paper. The sheets are fed by an automatic friction feeder along an inclined tray, pass between the printing drum and the stencil, receive the ink image, and are fed out to a receiving tray. The mimeograph can print 6,000 copies per hour on large-format sheets (30 X 45 cm), but the copies are not of high quality.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The mimeograph office produced the requisite number of copies--this could be quite large on a major production--and pages would be collated and bound in colored wrappers by stenographic department staff.
From here, Yeah is basically a mimeograph magazine that draws on other publications such as these, just as the early Mad magazine was a comic book making fun of other comic books.
Beginning in the 1980s, personal computers began to replace typewriters, "stickies" replaced thumbtacks and paper clips, and photocopiers and printers replaced mimeograph machines.
For the moment, though, I will happily retreat back in reverie to 1980 when all I had to do was plod on my Selectric and publish news of Kamaji on the mimeograph.
Using live recordings, the marginalia of mimeographed magazines, and interviews galore, he arrives at a Kevin Bacon-like matrix of poetical relationships with the Poetry Project as its nexus.
Lee establishes Third World Press in his Southside Chicago basement apartment with $400, a used mimeograph machine, and the help of poets Johari Amini and Carolyn Rodgers.
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Up until the late 1980s, the company, which was founded by Joseph Keen in 1931, had specialized in making stencils for mimeograph machines.
"In the past, there were lots of sources of paper like mimeograph or Xerox machines.
One of the key works of Jorge Luis Borges is presented as "Los senderos de los jardines que se bifurcan." Then the author states that "the copy machine democratizes Latin American literature, so that it is not limited to a small circle of friends and acquaintances, but is available to the public in general." In the first place, when certain literary works were distributed strictly among friends, the mimeograph machine worked reasonably well for the task, but the thought that Latin American literature was not widely distributed until the advent of the copy machine is puzzling to say the least.
After humble beginnings with a mimeograph machine, she later recited her spiritual visitors' messages (on both mundane and heavenly matters) straight into a tape recorder for distribution to followers nationwide.
We had manual typewriters, mimeograph machines, carbon paper, and of course, a rotary dial telephone.