Banner Mania is Running Wild
When I was in school, the teachers used the computers to make banners, and they would print them out on dot matrix printers. These printers were so loud and took so long to produce an image. It was annoying to hear the printer print each line of the banner. I don’t think they the same banner making software they used before exist, and I’m definitely sure the dot matrix printers don’t exist. When I became a teacher, I needed to have banners made for special activities, and I went to a printer in Brisbane to have mine made, rather than trying to print them myself.
The dot matrix printer banners were made with special paper that fed through the printer. Each sheet of paper was attached to the next one and there was a perforated line that made it easy to tear one sheet from the next. I haven’t been able to find any of that paper. If I were to print a banner on a regular printer, I would have to print each sheet and then glue them together, which would be time consuming and wouldn’t look as great. After printing a couple of banners, I would have probably run out of ink.
The printer in Brisbane makes banners with any design that I want. The banners are made out of a stiffer paper than your average printer paper, and they have a special laminating on them as well, so they can be easily reused. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to have a banner made. The cost is certainly less than the cost of a pack of regular printing paper and a set of ink cartridges. The kids also don’t have to sit in the classroom and listen to the printer spit out every page of a banner.