Xerox 914 Plain Paper Copier

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
copier
Date made
1960
maker
Haloid Xerox Corporation
Measurements
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
ID Number
1985.0669.01
catalog number
1985.0669.01
accession number
1985.0669
catalog number
85.669.01
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Computers & Business Machines
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

I started servicing the Xerox 914 in early 1971. It was a work horse and had very little problems if well maintained and used properly stored paper. If the customer allowed the paper to get damp or curl, then, as others have mention, if could rollup and catch in the fuser assembly and turn to char and smoke. The machine met the copy demands of some exacting engineering firms that had to have exact size for size copies - and would measure afterward down to faction of a millimeter. Several years later, a faster version was released called the 720 and a year after that the model 1000 - all based on the 914.
"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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