Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mimeographs, & Star Trek's 20th Anniversary on CFQ

The University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives has an archive of fan materials, including 10,000 zines, convention materials, pulp literature, comics and other fan stuff in their Hevelin Collection [on Tumblr]. 

Their current Fanzine Digitization Project is currently scanning the sci-fi fanzines from the 1930s-1950s, the Golden Age of sci-fi.

The zines were often duplicated on mimeograph machines.
I remember mimeographs' (or dittos') purple ink and sweetish oily odor from grade school days.

ABOVE: "Mimeograph machine in fanzine lounge" at Balticon 13, 1979, picture #54 at www.bsfs.org/bsfsalbum-b13.htm

BELOW: Picture #20: "Collating program materials" at the sci-fi convention:
Film magazine Cinefantastique started out as a mimeographed fanzine about genre movies in 1967 before going pro. 

This is CFQ'March 1987 issue on the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series from "The History of Cinefantastique Magazine":

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