Carbon paper for typewriters

Contributed by Chelsea

Carbon paper for typewriters

This box of carbon paper made by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon Manufacturing Co was the way everyone kept copies of documents before computers and I have copies of short stories my father wrote using this carbon paper. We still use the letters cc (carbon copy) today although carbon paper has fallen into disuse. In the 1960s the company became world leaders in magnetic ribbons used on cheques for electronic clearance and Columbia still thrives in South London producing similar highly specialised items for bar coding etc. The statement on the box lid begins: 'It is our purpose that every transaction of this house shall make us a new, permanent friend or strengthen a previously made friendship.' Gentlemanly words on a product which had a very brief heyday and which has been swallowed up in the age of computers. The statement also guarantees the paper for five years although, fifty years later it still works perfectly and unlike computers never goes down. I too have published short stories and novels but simply send them to my publisher through the magic of cyberspace....

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