- Chet Headley -
|2/08/2010||Processes Used to Produce Ship's Newspapers|
|5/18/2010||Acquiring My Extreme Foul Weather Jacket and Keeping It|
|Processes Used to Produce Ship's Newspapers|
I remember the early document reproduction methods used for our ship's
newspapers quite well. Here are my recollections about the
processes described by Bob Lord.
The process described here is not Mimeograph; what is described is the spirit duplicator or more commonly the Ditto machine or simply Dittos. The comment Bob made about the smell indicates that this was the Ditto process. Mimeograph smelled quite rotten. Usually the ink used for Mimeograph was black while Ditto was usually purple or bluish.
The Dreaded New Process:
The machine described is an Ozalid machine. The Bowditch and Michelson each had one and I am sure the Dutton had one as well. This machine used the Diazo printing process. Colors produced were Blue, Black and Sepia (a brownish hue). When this machine was in use there was a strong odor of ammonia, which is used to develop the image.
Some of the early Michelson newspapers were produced on photographic paper. Print copy and photos were pasted onto white cardboard and were photographed. A negative was created from which prints were produced. The prints were on photographic paper and were processed as black and white prints then assembled into the newspaper. There was a special camera in the photo lab for shooting large format film and short focal length.
Take a look at the Michelson ship's newspaper page and specifically the following:
Midnight Skulker 1971 - Ditto
Lone Dijobe 23 May 1971 - Mimeo
OcUnit3 Newspaper Jan-Feb 1972 - Photographic paper
Some of the 8.5 x 11 newspapers with the blue print look like Ditto and are not Mimeograph.
The "No Slack" - Ozalid / Diazo
The Red Hook Rag May 5, 1975 - Front cover - Ozalid / Diazo
|Acquiring My Extreme Foul Weather Jacket and Keeping It|
If you read my article on the
through the Panama Canal and her subsequent visit to the shipyard in
Oakland California, you know the first part of the story.
2010 Chet Headley