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The Office Copier Turns 50.

Posted in Science and Technology by Jake Ward on March 31, 2010


An interesting article over at CNN today, describing the long road from concept to prototype to commercialization in the development of the common office copier. 

According to the article, one of the original inventors was Chester Carlson, a young New York City patent attorney, who came up with an idea during the Great Depression while looking for a solution to his writer’s cramp.  After many years of development and marketing, and considerable personal hardship, Carlson was finally able to convince one company, widely known today as Xerox, to run with his concept and develop the first prototypes.  The rest, as they say, is history.  

A very good read.  We recommend checking it out, if you have a few minutes to spare!

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