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"I started writing in the 1930's when I was eighteen years old. And deep inside me I'm still eighteen and it's still 1938."
- Isaac Asimov

Tri-Type Record  
  A printed card that stores information about a person, including a perfect three-dimensional representation.  

Aile Farr, traveler to Iszm, is under some suspicion due to his profession; he is a botanist. The Iszic provide house trees to the rest of the galaxy and guard their expertise jealously.

"If the Sainh pleases - his tri-type for our records."

Farr patiently stood on the disk of gray metal.

"Palms forward, eyes wide."

Farr stood quietly. Feeler-planes brushed down his body.

"Thank you, Sainh." Farr stepped up to the counter. "That's a different type than the one at Jhespiano. Let's see it."

The clerk showed him a transparent card with a man-like brownish splotch on its middle. "Not much of a likeness," said Farr.

The Szecr dropped the card into a slot. On the counter-top appeared a three-dimensional replica of Farr. It could be expanded a hundred times, revealing finger-prints, cheek-pores, ear and retinal configuration.

From The Houses of Iszm, by Jack Vance.
Published by Better Publications in 1954
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A hologram - the picture itself - doesn't look like much, either.

Compare to the personal metallic record disk from The Ancient Brain (1929) by A.G. Stangland.

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