Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Thermal Receipt Typing


I've written previously in this blog about the old Albertsons grocery store down the hill from our neighborhood. It started out in the early 1960s as a Safeway and Skaggs drug store, then became Skaggs AlphaBeta, then AlphaBeta, then Furrs, then Albertsons, as the grocery store industry went through mergers and upheaval. In all of those changes, the store has remained its usual dingy self. There have been repeated attempts at renovation, but it was always done with the store still open, resulting in a perpetual sense of disorganization and clutter. Even today, it seems every month or so some seasonal change results in some category of grocery loses its shelf space and gets split asunder to the "end caps" of various aisles, making it hard to find things. Since many of the store's customers are older, you'd think it would be smart to keep things in the same location. But I keep shopping here because it's convenient, and I enjoy observing the clients and employees. A people watcher's paradise, for certain.


Besides the grocery store, the local library also gives receipts on 3-1/8" wide thermal paper. This one is from the Tony Hillerman library, formerly the Wyoming Branch, behind Hoffmantown Shopping Center in northeast Albuquerque. I've visited this library since I was a kid. Hang out at the library in the hot summer months (I was on foot or bicycle), with its cool air conditioning and cold drinking fountain, then walk across the street to Hoffmantown and have lunch at the Campbell Pharmacy. Conveniently, the book receipt gives room for a brief book review, this being the auto-biography of Michael Moore, which I enjoyed more than I expected. It also helps the aesthetics to have the receipt coffee-stained and wrinkled.


Since all these receipt were the same 3-1/8" width, it was easy to scan, keeping the left edges even on the flatbed. I like the way the front sides of the receipts slightly show through the thin paper.
Typecast via Olympia report electronic. Other receipts typed via Royal QDL (aka Adobe Rose).

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Blogger Ted said...

That size does appear to offer plenty of interesting texture with your scanning technique, and the elite typefaces are large and clear enough to really notice the unique characteristic of the letterforms, from the filled "e"s of Adobe Rose to the faded, but readable bleed-through of the receipts. Bravo! :D
I'm currently typing on a folded letter-sized sheet (re: most recent video) in my elite Ghost Chocolate tonight, on some stipple-finish paper. We'll see how that looks scanned. My blog columns are a bit skinnier than yours, so I'm curious how it'll turn out.

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Blogger Ted said...

PS: You're behind in submitting your machines in TWDB. None of the machines you mention are submitted. :P

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Blogger andrew nicholls said...

Interesting idea of different paper/textured/new purpose for receipts. I like the idea of leaving things for staff of establishments to read. I usually turn my receipts in restaurants for example into paper boats but this adds a different dimension.

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So cool!!! Keep it up please

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