NORWALK, CT, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Written in a bold hand on a glass
slide was the date and location: 10-22-38 Astoria. The copy might have been fuzzy, but it was still a copy. In fact, it
was the world's first xerographic copy.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first xerographic image, created by Chester Carlson in a rented second story room in Queens, N.Y. This humble invention
would eventually lead to the formation of the Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and the birth of an industry. Even today, this xerographic
process is still at the heart of most office printers and copiers around the world.
Trained as a physicist and lawyer, Carlson was a serial inventor. He
kept notebooks full of a wide array of inventions including a rotating
billboard, raincoat with gutters and a shoe cleaning machine.
In honour of his inquisitive nature and his remarkable invention that
truly changed how business has been conducted for decades, this October
Xerox is kicking off a celebration of innovation and its role in the company's history and future. Over the next year,
Xerox people will be engaged in a series of activities celebrating and
imagining the future through the company intranet, web chats and social media.
"Now is the time when many companies would look back, and we certainly
will, but only for a moment. The real focus of our celebration will be
the future and how Xerox will continue to simplify how work gets done,"
said Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO and chairman of the board. "That's why the theme of our
anniversary year is 'The Next 75.'"
Carlson's vision at the time of his Astoria experiment was "to make
office workers a little more productive and office work a little
simpler and less tedious."
Xerox has changed greatly in size and scope since this time, but the
basic principles have remained the same. From printers and copiers to transportation, education, and even healthcare the company's team of engineers, scientists and researchers are
continuing to invent in ways that make work, and life, a little
Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of Xerox (NYSE: XRX) have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done.
Today, we are the global leader in business process and document
management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they
can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more
than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations. Learn more at
About Xerox Canada Ltd.
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with regional offices nationwide, Xerox Canada provides extensive, leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size, in industries such as financial services, retail,
telecommunications, healthcare, education and transportation. Xerox
Canada offers and delivers an exclusive portfolio of leading managed
print services (MPS), communication and marketing services (CMS) and
specialized business process outsourcing (BPO) - such as managing paper-based work processes - and
information technology services. LaserNetworks, a leading managed print services provider, is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Xerox Canada Ltd. For more information visit www.xerox.ca.
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Image with caption: "The first xerographic image, created 75 years ago this month. (CNW Group/Xerox Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131017_C4727_PHOTO_EN_32167.jpg
SOURCE: Xerox Canada
For further information:
John Quinn, Xerox Canada, +1-416-733-6828, John.Quinn@xerox.com