Re: RARA-AVIS: PI's photostat?

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 06 Aug 2006

> Similar to John's question on slang, what exactly is the
> "photostat" PIs flash when asked to provide some ID? I know
> what a photostat copy is. Does the PI, like Lew Archer, then
> carry on his person a "copy" of his original PI license? Has
> anyone ever seen a photostat PI license (w/o goggling it)?

That's exactly what it is. Photostat prints were referred to as just
"photostats" or even "stats". Xerox-style copies didn't show up until the 60s and weren't pervasive until the 70s and even then only at 8-1/2x11. Photostat cameras didn't disappear until the 80s.


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