History

Xerox was founded in 1906 in Rochester as The Haloid Photographic Company, which originally manufactured photographic paper and equipment. In 1938 Chester Carlson, a physicist working independently, invented a process for printing images using an electrically charged drum and dry powder “toner”.

Joseph C. Wilson, credited as the “founder of Xerox”, took over Haloid from his father. He saw the promise of Carlson’s invention and, in 1946, signed an agreement to develop it as a commercial product. Wilson remained as President/CEO of Xerox until 1967 and served as Chairman until his death in 1971.

Looking for a term to differentiate its new system, Haloid coined the term Xerography from two Greek roots meaning “dry writing”. Haloid subsequently changed its name to Haloid Xerox in 1958 and then Xerox Corporation in 1961.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox

A look back at the birth of xerography and the impact the invention has made on the business world over the past 75 years.

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Daryle Lessard
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I hired on to Xerox in 1970 and was trained and worked on all the machines your website shows, plus the 10 series. I also launched the 5090 and Docutech families. I trained over 1000 techs to service Xerox machines both at Xerox and as an independent training center owner after leaving Xerox .

Daryle Lessard
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In the early 70,s, I met with C. Peter McColough, CEO of Xerox . We discussed the PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) that he started. At PARC, Xerox developed the Alto personal computer, mouse, Ethernet, windows, internet protocols, and laser printing.
At that time, the company was more interested in copiers than computers, and gave the inventions away to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

james buzzard
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there is an excellent book about that, came out in early 90’s. Called “Fumbling the Future, how Xerox invented then ignored the first personal computer”. I worked in that environment in the OPD from beginning to end at Xerox. Oh if only…

David Hooge
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I was hired in 1978 and trained on the 3100f and the 813/660 copiers. Later they added the 3300 then the 1075/1090. Eventually I was schooled on the 5100/5800.

Klaus Urbons
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Once again, I’m looking for information on Rank Xerox in Dusseldorf. If Gerhard Rudolf reads this and likes to be interviewed, this would be great. Thanks!

Gerhard Rudolf
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I started in Germany with 660, 3100-3107, 3400, X400, X800 and X850/X860

Jim O'Hara
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Yeah-boy, I worked for Xerox starting in 1984. First machine trained on was the 1045, followed next year by the1048, 1040, 1050, etc. My territory was midtown south ( 33rd to 23rd, Madison to 1st ave not including the hospitals) Eventually, I was everywhere south of 42nd. Loved it, no wait, HATED IT !

Klaus Urbons
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Just came across this site: For a documentation I’m looking for information from an employee of Rank Xerox in Dusseldorf. Hope very much that Gerhard Rudolf reads this and would like to get in touch.

Gerhard Rudolf
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Jan Kaluza
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I also worked as a Xerox copywriter.
I was trained and serviced the Rank Xerox 660, 720,3100, 3103, 3107, 2300, 4000, 4500, 1860, 1824, X860 copiers.
I left a copy of Rank Xerox 813 in memory.
I have a lot of service documentation for Xerox copiers.

Rolando Cabrera Burgos
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Rolando Cabrera Burgos

Enter the great family XEROX ( XICA ) in 1973 formed by the best teachers of XMEX some QDDG, start with the model Xerox 813, 914, 720 and thereafter until today with the family Versalink, Altalink and until Jehovah so said. Blessings

james buzzard
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I started in Chicago Loop in late ’74 just before the 9200 explosion and they started sending “senior” techs to training, so I went to 2400/3600/7000. spent majority of next 43 yrs at Mama X or one of its Global Imaging companies.

we were family back then.

at a Leesburg meeting during training, C Peter had everyone from Service stand and then introduced us to the rest sitting there to the best sales force in the company.

yes, we were family back then

james buzzard
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Hello all, after my first 8 yrs in field I transferred to the OPD part of the company which included the 800ETS/850/860/820 PC/8000 and 8010/6085/Fax etc, and all the accessories. I know there were a whole bunch of techs like myself in metropolitan areas who specialized on these before Xerox shut it down. any chance of expanding?