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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. The pictures also show a different version that was used with the wider 5-level telegraph paper tape. These types of moisturizers were probably only supplied to Fialka users in fixed command posts and communications centres.

A more compact tape moisturizer was supplied with every machine, as part of the so-called ZIP box, along with other accessories and spares.

It is shown in the image on the right, but as only a limited number of complete ZIP boxes have been found, it is quite possible that alternative moisturizers, such as the one shown above were also distributed.

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