Thursday, March 13, 2008


The other day at work someone in the newsroom yelled out, "Hey, could you make a carbon copy of that." Did he just say "carbon copy?" We don't have carbon copy. We have a copying machine. We have computers. Got me thinking. What ever happened to the people who work at the companies that make "carbon copy's.?" For those of you who don't know, "carbon copies" are pre-inked three ply letter size pieces of paper that when typed on make a copy on all three pages. This got me thinking about how our changing society has essentially put certain industries out of business. Who repairs typewriters? Who makes them anymore? What about film? Cassette tapes? VCR's? Why do they still call those places record stores? TV's are so cheap these days who ever calls a TV repairman. When was the last time you went to the bank? The bank teller's union must be freaking. I actually walked into a bank a few months back and there were signs on the windows: "Teller fee-$2.00." Go figure.

1 comment:

  1. Carbon copies are still made, but not quite the way we remember them. There was something either in the NY Times a while back, or on a Discovery-owned channel about how the carbon people (Beware The Carbon People!) have put their little black granules into the paper --think gas stations and repair shops-- so you don't even see the black sheets.

    Sorry you got canned.


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