It’s one of the most iconic pieces of office equipment from the past century. It’s saved countless hours for workers, become a symbol for office shenanigans, and revolutionized the way we do business.
And it all started 75 years ago, today.
The Xerox copy machine stems from a breakthrough made by inventor Chester Carlson on October 22 1938.
On this day, in his small apartment in Queens, Carlson made the first ever dry copy. He used static electricity created with handkerchief, light, and dry powder to make the first copy in 1938.
The process, later coined xerography from the Greek roots meaning ‘dry writing’, was entirely novel.