Electronic photo-tracer (detail)
German-made photo tracing machine c1970s (detail).
Dimboola & District Historical Society. (Photograph by Rahel Weiss)
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From the collection of Dimboola & District Historical Society.
This German-made, 1970s vintage, photo-tracing machine is part of the Dimboola Printing Museum’s extensive and diverse collection of vintage presses, related machines and tools-of-trade.
The photo-tracing machine was, in its time, an innovative device that utilized a light-tracing mechanism to transfer photographic images from an original source to a sensitive plastic sheet on an adjacent cylindrical roller.
Purchase of this machine in the early 1970s allowed the Dimboola Banner newspaper to feature photographs for the first time. However, like many other items of printing technology, the photo-tracing machine became obsolete by around the turn of the new century, in this case driven by an inability to source supplies of the necessary plastic tracing film.