October, 22nd 1938, Queens New York Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.
The first duplicate image ever created by photocopy. October, 22, 1938
Carlson believed that the world was ready for an easier and less costly way to make copies. He was proved right only after a discouraging, years-long search for a company that would develop
his invention into a useful product. Carlson was quite alone in his work, and in his belief that xerography was of practical value to anyone. He pounded the pavement for years in a fruitless search for a company that believed in his work. From 1939 to 1944, he was turned down by more than twenty companies.
It was the Haloid Company, a small photo-paper maker in Rochester, N.Y, which took on the challenge and the promise of xerography and thus became, in a breathtakingly short time, the giant multinational company now known to the world as Xerox Corporation. In 1959, twenty-one years after Carlson invented xerography, that the first convenient office copier using xerography was
unveiled. The 914 copier could make copies quickly at the touch of a button on plain paper.
When he died in 1968 at the age of 62, Chester Carlson was a wealthy and honored man, Xerox annual revenues were approaching the billion dollar mark, and the whole world was making copies at the push of a button. Thank you Chester Carlson for keeping your dream alive.
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