Xerox 914 Plain Paper Copier

Introduced in 1959, the Xerox 914 plain paper copier revolutionized the document-copying industry. The culmination of inventor Chester Carlson's work on the xerographic process, the 914 was fast and economical. One of the most successful Xerox products ever, a 914 model could make 100,000 copies per month. In 1985, the Smithsonian received this machine, number 517 off the assembly line. It weighs 648 pounds and measures 42" high x 46" wide x 45" deep.
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Haloid Xerox Corporation
average spatial: 79 cm x 17 cm x 14.5 cm; 31 1/8 in x 6 11/16 in x 5 11/16 in
overall: 42 in x 46 in x 45 in; 106.68 cm x 116.84 cm x 114.3 cm
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


"I was the designated 'unjammer' at Cone Automatic Machine in the middle '60s. I recall it's propensity for catching fire, but not the warning (which I probably ignored anyway) not to open the doors for 30 minutes–or the fire extinguisher!"
"I would like to see the historical TV ad that introduced this machine -- it showed a little monkey sitting on the machine and making a photocopy to show us how easy it was. The minds of America were boggled -- we had never seen such a machine, but the monkey taught us not to be afraid!"
Very interested to see this machine as my first job in 1972 age 15 I was ent on a training course at Xerox in Euston Lodon to operate it in our general ofice. Ours was a Xerox 720 that was almost identical to the one shown. I do rember how slow it was and the fact we were told that if you get a paper jam leave the doors closed for 30 minutes otherwise the paper will catch fire insdie. I also remember it came with a fire extingusher. Ours was replaced in about 1974 by the xerox 7000 that had 5 redcution modes but was still the size of a fridge freezer!

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