Saturday, October 25, 2008

Damn Damn Damn!!!

I went off to the local trash and treasure market today, as I was scanning the items, amongst the potty's and endless array of glass wears, I stumbled upon a box, this box contained a Gocco, don't know what a gocco is? Well it is a screen printing machine from the seventies.

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Print Gocco system
Print Gocco system

Gocco (プリントゴッコ Purinto Gokko?, "Print Gocco") is a self-contained compact color printing system invented in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Gocco became immensely popular in Japan and it is estimated that one-third of Japanese households own a Print Gocco system.[1]

Using flash bulbs similar to those found in old cameras, an original image is thermally imprinted on a master screen.

The name "print gocco" is derived from the Japanese word gokko (ごっこ?), loosely translated as make-believe play. Riso Kagaku president Noboru Hayama explained, "We [as kids] learned rules and knowledge through make-believe play. The spirit of play is an important cultural asset. I thought that I wanted to leave "play" in the product's name."

In December 2005, Gocco’s parent company, Riso Kagaku Corporation, announced it would end production of the Gocco system due to low sales in Japan. An Internet campaign was started to find a new home for the product.

As of June 2007, Riso Kagaku Corporation had resumed production of several lines of Print Gocco units and they were available in Japan and through limited import retail stores in the United States.

On May 30, 2008, the Riso Kagaku Corporation announced that it will stop shipping Gocco printers in June 2008. They blamed the sharp decline in demand for their printers on the increase in use of home computers and printers. They will continue producing supplies for the printers until further notice. Information provided by the Japan Corporate News Network

I couldn't remember if this is what I had been seeing around being used by Elsie to make her cute little prints. But of course it was and it had everything in it, including paint!!!!

Gah I could kick myself! :( It didn't have a price on it but can't imagine it would have gone for much. Ah well off to trawl Ebay.