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Tape Moisturizer
Moisturizer for gummed paper tape

The decoded output from Fialka was either printed on a narrow (10 mm) paper tape, or combined with the punched holes of a standard telegraph 5-level paper tape. When creating telegram-style messages, the text was usually printed on the narrow pre-gummed 10 mm tape and and glued onto a message form. The glue at the back of the tape was activated by means of a moisturizer.
 
Leaving the Fialka machine at the left, the tape is guided through the moisturizer in such a way that the water-activated pre-gummed back is brought in contact with the white wheel at the center. The white wheel in turn, picks up a few drops of water from the lower part of the unit.

Several types of tape moisturizers were used in combination with Fialka. The image on the right shows a typicial moisturizer that was found with a Fialka in the former Czechoslovakia. It was used in combination with the narrow 10 mm paper tape in the manner described above.
  
Narrow tape moisturizer

More images of the moisturizer can be found below. Also in the pictures below is a different version of the moisturizer that was used in combination with the wider paper tape. Please note that the moisturizer was not a standard item that was supplied with every Fialka. It was only used for situations were the message has to be presented on a standard telegram-style message form.
 
A more compact tape moisturizer was supplied in the so-called ZIP box, along with other accessories and spare parts. It is shown in the image on the right, but as only a very limited number of complete ZIP boxes have been found, it is likely that alternative moisturizers, such as the one shown above were also used.

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Tape moisturiser

 
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