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The Xerox 914 copy machine of 1959 is a great breakthrough in office technology and product design. Its hallmark was simplicity: You simply paced your paper on glass and pressed a ...

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Lessons from the Xerox-914: the first real copy machine

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  • Carlson worked at Bell Labs in the 1930s in the patent department. He had multiple ideas for different inventions. However, he focused on copying because typing on two sheet...

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Carlson did chemical experiments in his own home, to the frustration of his family and neighbours. He mad smelly compounds, melting sulfur over zinc plates in the kitchen smelling like rotten eggs,...

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  • Once patented, Carlson was turned down by 20 companies between 1939 and 1944, including IBM and the U.S. Navy.
  • Carlson continued to work in patents at the P.R. Mallory Company and ...

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Another decade of development produced the Xerox 914 - named because it could copy paper up to 9″ x 14″. This model was simple to use and didn't damage originals.

As with most new tech,...

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