The image, left, by
courtesy of Ken Fostekew, Reading Museum.
Below is a transcript of an e-mail message from Peter Amos (Miles
routed via Ken to Emma Fuell (14th September 2017)
of Woodley, Reading, Berks. Telephone: Reading Sonning 2211.
Cables: "Hawk, Reading". London office at 335 Putney
Bridge Road, SW15
Little is known about
the Miles Copycat photocopiers. They were originally invented
by the Miles technicians to copy the huge amount of technical
drawings needed when manufacturing aircraft, a great improvement
over the old 'blueprints'. They used the same electrostatic principles
later patented by Xerox.
1947 British Industries
Fair Advert as Manufacturers of the Copycat Non-optical Facsimile
Copying Machines, complete developing process and print driers.
No dark room. "Copylith" Reflex copying dyeline prints
and preparation of Lithographic Plates (Office Appliances Section
- Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. B.1461).
In November 1947, Miles
Aircraft ceased trading. There were many reasons for the financial
problems, not all of them of the company's making and questions
remain about the behaviour of the Ministry of Aircraft Production,
the company's bank and certain of its financial advisors. In
fact, when the company was restructured, many non-aircraft activities
prospered in other hands, notably the Biro pen, the Copycat photocopier
and its range of electric actuators.
1947 Listed Exhibitor
- British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Photographic Plates,
Papers, Films, Accessories, Apparatus, Chemicals, X-Ray Films,
Paper, Intensifying Screens, X-Ray Accessories, Apparatus, Materials
and Apparatus for document Copying, Materials for Cathode Ray
Recording, Glazing and Drying Machines. (Olympia, Ground Floor,
Stand No. E.1783).