- Period of Use: 1806 to 1970s (somewhat still used for business forms, SATs)
- Made Obsolete By: Printers and Copiers
Carbon Paper was really cool stuff. It truly was a form of paper that was coated with loosely bound dry ink on one side and bound with wax. It was used to copy several documents rather than having to do complete rewrites of them. The text could come from any source or language pretty much and this carbon paper could copy it. When the process was patented for solvent carbon paper by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon Manufacturing Company in 1954, things took off even more.
Using this newer and patented method, it was now possible to use polyester or plastic film as an underlying base rather than paper. This, in turn, took paper itself out but the name remained “carbon paper.” Although the Printing Press was around during the time of Carbon Paper, it was mostly used for the media. Once personal printers and copiers became worldwide staples in offices, carbon paper joined its brothers to become one of the world’s obsolete tech products.’