648 pounds in weight, 48 inches in height and 57 years in age – today marks the birth of the Xerox 914 Copier.
Unveiled on September 16, 1959, the Xerox 914 was the first fully automatic machine that copied letters in a matter of seconds and completed tasks that took typists hours – although at the time many of the first office users who were unfamiliar with the new technology complained of it not working and thought it looked like something they could use to heat their coffee in the morning.
Nonetheless, when the 914 came to the market in March 1960, the new machine was an instant success. The inventor, Chester Carlson, and the Haloid Xerox Corporation set the landscape for copiers and sparked a revolution in the production, flow and distribution of information.
Carlson first built and patented “Electrophotography” in 1942. ‘Electrophotography’ being a bit of a mouthful, was changed to ‘xerography’ and then eventually abbreviated to ‘Xerox’ just 2 years after the successful introduction of the 914.
Now, millions of machines later, the sound of a Xerox copier working it’s magic is recognised by almost everybody in offices all around the world, with the the Xerox Corporation having expanded to offer a multitude of products and solutions for office automation.
Take a look at the video below to see where it all started.
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