History of The Copy Machine

Copier Supply Store has been in the copy business for many years. But where did it all begin? What is the history of the illustrious copy machine? Just like most essential things that we take for granted today, the copy machine has a slow beginning. It wasn’t out right created immediately with all the bells and whistles that you find in modern copy machines. It took decades before the technology was created. In the humble beginning stages of the copy machine, there were no photos, no clean sheets of copied paper, and no speed. Instead, it was rather messy and slow.

Before the copy machines that we know today were invented, typists would make carbon copies. If you have ever used or made a carbon copy yourself, you know how messy that can be. And let’s face it, the copies never come out as good as you expected or wanted. Thankfully as time went on, innovative thinkers found ways to solve that problem. Surprisingly enough, the first ancestor of the copy machine was invented by none other than Thomas Edison – well, he applied for the patent at least. It was called the mimeograph and it started the history of the copy machine.

The mimeograph was a stencil, and more of a duplicator than a photo copier. Just like a printing press, the mimeograph used a rigid set of stencils to make ink copies of pages. It boasted a printing rate of 3000 pages before the stencil becomes unusable. Of course, the Copier Supply Store sells copy machines that print pages at a rate of 150 per minute, and they can do a lot more than 3000 copies without any issues. Considering these were the very basic beginnings of the copy machine, you would have to expect a very basic system.

The industrial revolution changed the copier game dramatically. During that time there were a lot more businesses, and each business had far more employees. To get out those important 19th century memos and to get those ad flyers out to potential customers everywhere, copies had to be easier to make and more efficient. Just after the turn of the 20th century, the Photostat copy machine was invented. In the history of the copy machine, the Photostat is the closest thing to a direct descendant of the copy machine.

The Photostat machine suffered from the same problem that computers would suffer decades later; it was too large, too expensive, and too complicated to work. You couldn’t just stroll up to it and make a copy, that’s a luxury that we take for granted today. First you would have to ask the certified technician if he wasn’t too busy, and wouldn’t mind terribly taking some time to make a copy for you. It took ages and it was a hassle.

As time went on, the Xerox company came into being. That would change the history of copy machines completely. Xerox was eventually created by the people who first made the Photostat machine. And it wasn’t until decades later that anything close to what we know as a copy machine was even invented. Now they are everywhere and you probably can’t even imagine life without them.

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