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THE SECRET LIFE OF THE OFFICE  1993

'The Secret Life of Machines' was the title of   3 TV series about the history and workings of everyday machines, shown on C4 in Britain, and on the discovery channel everywhere else.

The re-mastered versions of these films will be launched in May 2021

 

THE FAX MACHINE

 

THE LIFT (ELEVATOR)

 

THE WORD PROCESSOR

 

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT

 

THE PHOTOCOPIER



THE OFFICE

The cartoon booklets I wrote to accompany the TV series are at www.secretlifeofmachines.com.

 

WORD PROCESSOR ROBOT
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The robot, made with Greville White and Jim Bond, appeared at the end of the word processor film. The mouth is a printer spewing out computer paper. Everything is held onto the scaffolding frame with polythene bailer twine and fast fuse (which burns at about a foot a second). The bits of fast fuse are joined by quick match so they ignite almost simultaneously. It looked wonderful on film (see end of the word processor episode), mainly due to Mike Cole’s bolex camera in a box, dug into the ground, just where the computers fell.
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THE VICTORIAN FAX (1843)
Inspired by the original in the musee Arts et Metier in Paris, I spent weeks perfecting my own version. I could only get it to work using a transistor to amplify the signal to mark the recording paper. I can’t imagine how the original managed to work. (In the same vein, I never worked out how Poulson’s original 1910 telegraphone, the first tape recorder, managed to work without electronic amplification).
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OTIS LIFT DEMONSTRATION
Model of Otis’s safety mechanism for the lift, demonstrated by Rex cutting through the rope holding me up.
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  Secret life of machines 1     Secret life of machines 2
Secret life of machines 1     Secret life of machines 2

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