Sometimes, a blast from the past will wander into my day. This happened the other day as I was getting ready to shred some old tax papers. What did I come across but an old credit card receipt, with — yes — carbon paper.
Carbon paper. Remember that? The black paper sheets we rolled into the typewriter in order to make two copies of what we typed (and what a pain it was when you made a mistake. No backspacing and correcting a letter easily; nope, you had to finagle a bit of correction paper behind the carbon and also on the original paper. I truly think I’m a “sloppier” typist now, since corrections are so easy)?
I called a daughter down and showed her the carbon paper, explaining how it worked. She drew a picture using it, fascinated by its “magic.”
Then of course, carbon paper was always part of credit card receipts. Remember the contraptions store clerks put the credit card into, before sliding the piece over the card and then handing you one of the copies? I remember working at JCPenney and processing credit card payments on those forms.
Do you remember carbon paper?