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SOCIAL CLUB

The Bell social club newsletter was called Ding Dong. The copies here were left by the editor Doris Simpson who worked at Bell in the mid 60's. Courtesy of Cheryl Simpson.

Here are some images of the news letter cover.

 

Digital copies of the actual news letters...

The Ding Dong newsletters were duplicated on a Gestetner Cyclograph machine. In the 1960s copy machines as we know them today did not exist.

The original text and drawings were typed and scored with a metal stylus onto a wax covered tissue paper stencil. The broken surface of the master sheet allowed ink to penetrate and be transferred on to the paper using a rotating inked drum. This solution was immediate and low cost because it enabled a low number of copies to be produced without the need for professional printing.

Digitising the printed newsletters was a challenge because there was a lot of print-through from the reverse sides of the pages, very little contrast on the yellowing paper and blotches to remove.  I used an HP Scanjet 4670 flatbed scanner (b/w 600dpi) and Photoshop. Each page side took between 1 and 3 hours to complete. Then they were OCRed and optimised with Adobe Acrobat reader.

1964

1965

That's all the issues I have.

If you have any photos, printed materials, and other information to add to the history of the Bell Radio-Television Corp. story please help me to expand the content on this website. I have used some photos from other websites in order to make a more complete record.  If I have used any of your copyrighted photos or other material please let me know so I can get clearance and/or include your name.

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