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Encyclopedia > Carbon paper
A sheet of carbon paper, coating side down.
A sheet of carbon paper, coating side down.

Carbon paper (originally carbonic paper) is paper coated on one side with a layer of a loosely bound dry ink or pigmented coating, usually bound with wax. It is used for making one or more copies simultaneous with the creation of an original document. Manufacture of carbon paper was formerly the largest consumer of montan wax. Image File history File links Carbon_paper. ... Image File history File links Carbon_paper. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... An ink is a liquid containing various pigments and/or dyes used for colouring a surface to render an image or text. ... Wax has traditionally referred to a substance that is secreted by bees (beeswax) and used by them in constructing their honeycombs. ... Montan wax, also known as lignite wax, is a hard wax obtained by solvent extraction of certain types of lignite or brown coal. ...


Carbon paper is placed between the original and a blank sheet to be copied onto. As the user writes or types on the original, the pressure from the pen or typeface deposits the ink on the blank sheet, thus creating a "carbon-copy" of the original document. This Smith Premier typewriter, purchased around the end of the 19th century, was found abandoned in the Bodie ghost town. ... In typography, a typeface consists of a co-ordinated set of grapheme (i. ... Carbon copying, often abbreviated to c. ...


As the ink is transferred from the carbon paper to the underlying paper, an impression of the corresponding text is left on the "carbon" where the ink was removed. Carbon paper used to create sensitive documents can be subjected to forensic analysis and is thus a concern for information security, so it must be shredded or otherwise destroyed to maintain security. Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. ... Information security deals with several different trust aspects of information. ... Paper shredders are used to cut paper into very fine strips or tiny paper chips. ...


Carbon paper has been mostly superseded by electronic means such as photocopying, though it is still, rarely, used in typewriting. Also, a carbonless copy paper is still used in situations where instant copies of written documents are needed. Examples of this are receipts at point of sale (though they have mostly been relegated to being backups for when electronic POS devices fail) or for on-the-spot fine notices, some money orders (though the United States Postal Service has recently converted to an electronic format), and tracking slips for various expedited mail services requiring multiple copies. A small, much-used Xerox copier in a high school library. ... Carbonless copy paper or NCR (no carbon required) is an alternative to carbon paper. ... POS must not be confused with EFT/POS and POS Terminal used in Electronic payment POS or PoS is an acronym for point-of-sale (or point of purchase). ... POS must not be confused with EFT/POS and POS Terminal used in Electronic payment POS or PoS is an acronym for point-of-sale (or point of purchase). ... A USPS logo A USPS truck in San Francisco A smaller truck (a Long Life Vehicle or LLV) used in suburban areas The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the United States government (see 39 USC Â§ 201) responsible for providing postal service...


See also

This is a partial list of duplicating processes used in business and government from the Industrial Revolution forward. ...

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Carbon paper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (245 words)
Carbon paper (originally carbonic paper) is paper coated on one side with a layer of a loosely bound dry ink or pigmented coating, usually bound with wax.
As the ink is transferred from the carbon paper to the underlying paper, an impression of the corresponding text is left on the "carbon" where the ink was removed.
Carbon paper used to create sensitive documents can be subjected to forensic analysis and is thus a concern for information security, so it must be shredded or otherwise destroyed to maintain security.
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