Copy Machines Celebrate 75th Birthday

The technology behind the modern photocopier was first used 75 years ago in a small apartment in Queens, NY. Using static electricity created with a handkerchief, light and dry powder, inventor Chester Carlson made the first copy on October 22, 1938.

The copy machine didn’t reach the market until 1959, more than 20 years after the first copy was made. The first commercial machine, Xerox 914, weighed almost 650 pounds and was the size of two washing machines and was prone to spontaneous combustion.

Read more about the history of the copy machine.