Xerox 6500 color copier

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The Xerox copier 6500 color copier was introduced in May 1973, and made full color copies on plaine paper and transparents. 3M offered a color copier several years that required specially treated paper for each copy. The Xerox 6500 printed 4 copies in a minute, so it was rather slow. There are stories telling, that the 6500 also set copies on fire from time to time.

The process of creating color copies explained

Document placed face down on the platen glass (1) is scanned by the moving lamps (2), and its image is projected onto the object mirror (3). The image is reflected from the object mirror through a lens and color-separation filter system (4) onto the image mirror (5). This mirror projects the image through the exposure box (7) onto a positively charged light-sensitiv drum (6). The light image, in the first cycle, has passed through a green filter and discharges the drum in non-image areas. Next, magenta toner, the filter's complementary color, is applied to the latent charged image remaining ont the drum with rollers containing rod magnets (8) -detail, above. Negatively charged toner, which coats magnetic-carrier particles, is taken to the roller by paddles. The toner is attracted to the charged image on the drum; carrier particles, which remain on the rollers, are recovered. Paper from the tray (9) is held on a charged transfer roll, which attracts the toner image from the alloy drum and holds it on the paper. The paper is held on the transfer roll for up to three sequential images, depending on the number of colors selected. The second cycle exposes the document through a blue filter, applying yellow toner in exact registration over the magenta toner. The final cycle uses a red fiter and applies cyan toner over the magenta and yellow. The paper is the transported to the fuser (10) where heat fuses the color toners to the paper. The melted toners give a glossy appearance to the copy. The copy paper the goes to the receiving tray (11). The 6500 runs in full-color, three-color, or single-color mode. Source: Popular Science, October 1973

Inside the Xerox 6500 color copier

Bob Shattuck test the Xerox 6500 color slide adapter, a device that produces color prints on plain paper from 35mm slides. Image taken from Xerox 1976 a special report.






 Floor Space Requirements (Meters/Feet)

(Centimeters) / (inches)

 117 / 46

 107 / 42

 117 / 46

 472 / 1041

 3 x 3 / 9 x 10

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I have a brochure for the 6500 that was created around 1972/73. I would be happy to scan/pdf or let me know how I could be helpful. I also have brochures for the 4000, and a few product sheets for 9400.

Gerry French

I was the first U.K. Trained field engineer and looked after the initial small number of machines. The majority were installed in xerox copy shops and London branch offices. The initial colour set up was very time consuming and when the machine was left overnight the quality could have altered if the photoreceptor had been over exposed during set up.
The Bank of England were very concerned with the potential ease of producing counterfeit bank notes.

Joly MacFie
Hi Gerry, No doubt one of the ones you serviced was at letterstream in Shepherd Market. This was just about the only one I knew of in Central London and I used it to make punk badges which I sold at the Roundhouse I was very aware of the variations in quality, which usually showed up as greenish artifacting. However I used to have a lot of fun varying output by knob twiddling, shifting art between colour scans and other tricks. The badge prints were then heat laminated before being pressed at Universal Button in Bethnal Green. This gave a… Read more »
Gerry Tutton

I was one of the first 4 engineers trained on the 6500 in South Africa. The last surviving one of six was in Durban Copicenter. I was responsible for its maintenance.

Walter Zimmerman
In the 1980s, I had access to a Xerox 6500 color copier, which I used experimentally, for making art images. I also joined an art collective, known as The International Society for Copier Artists, which published annual editions of copy art, for subscribers from all over the world. This December, the Whitney Museum, in NYC, opened an exhibit, ‘Experiments in Electrostatics’, curated by Michelle Donnelly, and focusing on artworks made on a variety of copier machines; one of my images from 1986 is featured in this exhibit. I am stunned to have my art, from so long ago, displayed in… Read more »

Does anyone know if the dimensions listed for the height include the top smaller console or not?