trademark (stat, abbr.) A photocopying process that makes duplicates with the same polarity as the original. A copy made by this process.


Photostat and stat were often used generically for any type of photocopy.


Yates 1989, p. 54 In 1911, the Taft Commission on Economy and Efficiency evaluated the use and economics of the Photostat, a brand of photocopier, as part of its investigation of efficiency in office methods. At a cost of $500.00, the apparatus was expensive. . . . While point-of-origin copying was clearly preferable, the commission found the Photostat cost-effective as an alternative to retyping complicated documents (especially tables) or redrawing diagrams.