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Advertisement for “ERAPI der Wunderblock,”  Neues Wiener Tagblatt  (New Vie...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 1. Advertisement for “ERAPI der Wunderblock,” Neues Wiener Tagblatt (New Vienna Daily Edition), 24 September 1922, 26. Translation: “ERAPI The Miracle Pad” “writes without lead or ink, no eraser wiping needed, comes perfectly sized for your office, briefcase, or vest-pocket.” “August Stie... More about this image found in Advertisement for “ERAPI der Wunderblock,” Neues Wiener Tagblatt (New Vie...
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Classified and department store advertisements in US newspapers for “Mystic...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 2. Classified and department store advertisements in US newspapers for “Mystic Writing Pads” (and sometimes “Magic Writing Pads”), marketed as “everybody buys,” “sells on sight,” etc. Note that in the New York Times , the 2,500 imported pads (for which one is to inquire at the Times mail... More about this image found in Classified and department store advertisements in US newspapers for “Mystic...
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Strathmore Company, “Magic Slate” toy advertisement, Aurora, IL (1939–40), ...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 3. Strathmore Company, “Magic Slate” toy advertisement, Aurora, IL (1939–40), marketed here to larger distributors as a toy for children. Smaller versions of the pad were also sold in bulk and then offered as a “free gift” to back-to-school shoppers. More about this image found in Strathmore Company, “Magic Slate” toy advertisement, Aurora, IL (1939–40), ...
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Hermann Deutsch, “Schreib und Zeicheneinrichtung” (Writing and Drawing Devi...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 4. Hermann Deutsch, “Schreib und Zeicheneinrichtung” (Writing and Drawing Device), German patent #383,235; filed 28 August 1921; patented October 1923. The term Disparator is Latin for “Divider.” More about this image found in Hermann Deutsch, “Schreib und Zeicheneinrichtung” (Writing and Drawing Devi...
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Hermann Deutsch, “Writing and Drawing Device,” US patent #1,512,827; filed ...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 5. Hermann Deutsch, “Writing and Drawing Device,” US patent #1,512,827; filed 23 July 1923; patented 21 October 1924. More about this image found in Hermann Deutsch, “Writing and Drawing Device,” US patent #1,512,827; filed ...
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Ad for Printator,  L’Illustration  (France), 16 February 1924, 23. Translat...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 6. Ad for Printator, L’Illustration (France), 16 February 1924, 23. Translation: “Madam, note your dates on the elegant and durable PRINTATOR notepad, which allows you to write without paper, ink, or pencil, and to erase instantly without an eraser, just a simple movement of the lever.” More about this image found in Ad for Printator, L’Illustration (France), 16 February 1924, 23. Translat...
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Ad for Printator-Block,  Almanacco Italiano  29 (Italy), 1924, 709. Transla...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 7. Ad for Printator-Block, Almanacco Italiano 29 (Italy), 1924, 709. Translation: “The Eternal Printator Pad. Eternal notes. The modern miracle! Indestructible! Already ready for use! Pull down the lever and the writing disappears immediately! Huge savings on paper and pencils. Cost lira... More about this image found in Ad for Printator-Block, Almanacco Italiano 29 (Italy), 1924, 709. Transla...
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Ad for Printator Notepad,  Catalogus Recla Internationale Reclame Tentoonst...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 8. Ad for Printator Notepad, Catalogus Recla Internationale Reclame Tentoonstelling (Amsterdam), 4 May 1924, 6. Translation: “Write with Air,” “Rely on the Perpetual Printator Notepad.” The words “Recla Vlakt,” on the exposed bottom layer of the pad, translate as “Advertising Space.” More about this image found in Ad for Printator Notepad, Catalogus Recla Internationale Reclame Tentoonst...
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Ad for Printator,  C.V-Zeitung  (Berlin), 21 June 1923, 208. “W. Z. u. Mott...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figure 9. Ad for Printator, C.V-Zeitung (Berlin), 21 June 1923, 208. “W. Z. u. Motto & eingetr[agen]” (trademark and motto are registered). Translation: “Motto: Write in the space, pull on the case, leave no trace .” Note the figure of Hermes (Thoth) puzzling over the pad’s features. I am i... More about this image found in Ad for Printator, C.V-Zeitung (Berlin), 21 June 1923, 208. “W. Z. u. Mott...
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Photographs of Luftwaffe Navigation Training, circa 1940–43, using Printato...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figures 10a–b. Photographs of Luftwaffe Navigation Training, circa 1940–43, using Printator Mystic Writing Pads to calculate flight paths. In the early 1940s, the Printator (along with a circular slide-rule computer known as the Dreieckrechner ) became a standard part of Luftwaffe navigation kits... More about this image found in Photographs of Luftwaffe Navigation Training, circa 1940–43, using Printato...
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Printator Mystic Writing Pads that were part of Luftwaffe navigation traini...
Published: 01 February 2024
Figures 11a–c. Printator Mystic Writing Pads that were part of Luftwaffe navigation training kits can still be purchased on online auction sites for WWII memorabilia. The top-right image shows the flight-table calculations for “dead reckoning” navigation (details to calculate include a plane’s “sp... More about this image found in Printator Mystic Writing Pads that were part of Luftwaffe navigation traini...
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