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handwriƩen copy to be thermographed,            have gone beyond the drawing board.
 but this does not appear to have gone into      We now come to the Adana “MulƟsheet”
 producƟon.                                      padding press. This is a very simple idea and
                                                 most printers who need to make pads can
Another promised gadget which didn’t             improvise an effecƟve device from scrap
 materialise was the Adana “Borderit” machine,   Ɵmber and a couple of G-cramps. Perhaps
 designed for adding a coloured border to cards  that is why the Adana version was never made,
 and other staƟonery. We can only imagine        since a very pracƟcal device can be created
 what form this might have taken. Was it a       from cheap carpentry accessories available
 simple spray paint? Or maybe something
 more elaborate? Ayers does                      from any hardware store. Although
 not appear to have registered                   Ayers designs were generally excellent (the
 a patent for the device,                        Eight-Five is an elegant press with sensuous
 suggesƟng that there may                        curves, compared with the slab-sided
 already have been something                     Japanese Adana 21-J which is an ugly beast),
 similar on file at the Patent                    post-war austerity meant that the market was
Office. Whatever the reason,                       depressed for non-essenƟal purchases. There’s
 printers were denied the                        no evidence that the “MulƟsheet” was ever
 joys of the “Borderit”. The                     made and it didn’t appear in catalogues or
“Adanumba” met a similar                         sales material again.
 fate, having been promised                      One invenƟon which did appear in the very
 as a simple device to convert                   first post-war catalogue (Autumn 1945) was
 hand numbering machines                         the Compositor’s Friend, which seemed like
 into treadle pagers. Perhaps                    a neat idea but disappeared within two years
 the experience of Donald
Aspinall’s pre-war treadle
 accessory for table-top hand
 presses had taught Ayers a
 salutory lesson. Aspinall’s
 treadle fitment was a disaster
 and rapidly disappeared from
 catalogues. The “Adanumba” was menƟoned
 only once in publicity material and then
 vanished without trace.

The Adana Label and Angle Gauge is another
“must-have” that “never-was”. The descripƟon
 is brief, but it appeared to be an aƩachment
 for guilloƟnes which allowed the cuƫng of
 small labels and angles other than the normal
90 degree cut. I imagine this might have been
 useful but Ayers would need to have created
 something which could be fiƩed to many
 different makes and designs of guilloƟne
 in order to find a market. This was quite a
 challenge and the gadget doesn’t appear to

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