This month marks the 70th anniversary of the technology that really made this site possible along with massive amounts of money being put into an economy on the basis on copying. Chester Carlson created creating the first “xerographic” image by using the elements of static electricity, crystalline sulfur and lycopodium powder and the heat of a Bunsen burner. That was 1938. What was the copy? “10-22-38 ASTORIA.” — The Birthplace of what we called a Xerox for years.
How many copies do you think will be made this year? If you guessed 3,000,000,000 you’d by way off…
Try 3,000,000,000,000 if you believe Infotrends. If each copy were to cost $.02 each (VERY VERY conservative), it’d put $60,000,000,000 (60 Billion) into the economy. If you took this number and just hired people at $40,000 a year to write out these, you could hire an army of 1.5 million scribes. (The only problem is they’d have to produce 200,000 copies each. WOW.
Why this article, I write this because without Mr. Carlson’s invention I wouldn’t have a job and you wouldn’t be on this site. Happy Birthday Xerox.