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How to make typewriter ribbon ink

by | Oct 10, 2019 | Uncategorized | 13 comments

A friend sent me these pages from The Standard Formulary, by Albert Ethelbert Ebert and A. Emil Hiss (Chicago: G. P. Engelhard & Co., 1897). You might want to print them so they’ll be handy when digital civilization collapses. Then all you need is a few everyday items such as purified animal charcoal or mucilage of acacia.

Personally, being a poor cook, I hope that the professional typewriter ribbon makers will stick around for the rest of my life.


13 Comments

  1. Bill M

    Quite a recipe.
    I'll stay with purchasing my ribbons also.

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  2. David Brechbiel

    Petrolatum and Fire. Why does that sound like a recipe for disaster?

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  3. Ted

    sav'd & archive'd :D

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  4. Anonymous

    ¡Estamos en las mismas, Richard: pobres cocineros! Y no estoy muy seguro de que en la cocina dos pobres puedan mejorar el trabajo, ¡jajaja!
    Yo también deseo que los fabricantes de cintas vivan por siempre.

    Si me das permiso, copiaré esta receta en el blog de Californication.

    ¡Un abrazo!

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  5. C.M. Mayo

    Danke schön, jetzt bin ich auf die Apokalypse vorbereitet!

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  6. D.

    Digital civilization don't collapse… but many people are discovering the pleasure of analog devices… surely it will be fun to try to make a self-made ribbon. Maybe with different colors from Black, Red, Blue and Purple!

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  7. DonN

    Tomorrow I plan to roast some bones for my supply of animal charcoal.

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  8. ahogan

    Thank you for posting this!!!! Soo interesting. I really want to get that book.
    Aniline dyes are beautiful but tend to fade in the sun. It would be sad to go to all the trouble of making a violet ribbon then have it turn grey!!!
    Thanks again!

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  9. Robin Heilschild ????

    Are there professional typewriter ribbon makers yet?
    They are becoming harder to find (even in my country)…

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  10. ahogan

    Thank you for posting this!!!! Soo interesting. I really want to get that book.
    Aniline dyes are beautiful but tend to fade in the sun. It would be sad to go to all the trouble of making a violet ribbon then have it turn grey!!!
    Thanks again!

    Reply

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