Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Carbon copy


Our today's forecast is "a near carbon copy" of yesterday.

Half of you aren't even old enough to have ever used carbon paper, so do you even know what a carbon copy is???? You whipper-snappers.

But I've sure used carbon paper and made many a carbon copy in my day.



You know, I don't think that I'm old enough to how the origin of "whipper-snapper." Maybe Old Hoss will know. *Bueller? Anybody?

Now I have to wonder if anyone who reads this is too young to remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Several are too old to know about it. Just sayin'.

17 comments:

Doug said...

I remember carbon paper. It was so exciting when they invented carbon.

I also remember ditto machines. I wonder how many dittoheads out ther remember ditto machines.

Ariel the Thief said...

Ah carbon paper! Made childhood exciting.

lime said...

i remember carbon paper, ditto machines, and ferris bueller. i reckon that makes me very middle aged.

kenju said...

I do indeed remember that nasty old carbon paper! Hated it.


I'm just guessing, but I think whipper-snapper must have come from people who knew how to snap the old-time horse whips.

Quilldancer said...

I loved Ferris Bueller! I laughed till I hurt watching that movie.

I know carbon paper too well. (I just checked my fingers to see if the stains have faded.)

As to ditto machines: I worked one semester as the aid in our school office and spent an hour a day in a cramped room overheated by the mimeograph machine, high on toasted ink fumes ....

Fred said...

Ditto machines and mimeograph machines. Those were the days.

Logophile said...

I was very young when last I saw mimeographs. I still remember that SMELL though!
On our trip to east WA we went to a service station that still used carbon copies for the Visa transactions, my youngest was fascinated.

Nessa said...

I remember computer punch cards.

It's a sad life: D

Tom & Icy said...

I remember hammer, chisel and stone tablets.

actonbell said...

hehe, Tom. Mimeographed papers smelled so good:) Was Ed Norton Ferris Bueller's friend in that movie? Gotta look that up...

actonbell said...

No, it was Alan Ruck. Hope the visit ends today?

Shelly said...

I remember Ferris Bueller. I remember Carbon paper. And I'm so glad they've made computers so I don't have to deal with carbon anymore. Yuck!

mireille said...

mmmmmm, "toasted ink fumes..." That mimeograph fluid smelled weird. xoxo

Libby said...

doesnt everybody remember when the teacher brought in the new stack of mimeographed tests and passed them out to us? the VERY fiurst thing we'd do is taje a test off the pile, pass the pile on, and then we'd all sit there and smell that YUMMY paper!!

Libby said...

..."anyone?? anyone??"...

AP3 said...

I can't believe the 80s were so long ago!

I remember mimeographed copies at school -- such HORRIBLE reproduction, really.

Bela said...

My father had a couple of old Remingtons in his office; as a child, I used to love playing with them. Those metal ridges around the keys were murder, though if you couldn't aim right. Ouch!