WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23: FIRST COPY MACHINE
Profile America — Tuesday, August 23rd. Summer visitors from all over the country are crowding into the Smithsonian Museum of American History this summer. Among the many artifacts on view are key U.S. inventions, going back to the very beginnings of the nation. This month in 1985, the museum received a donation of an invention which revolutionized the way offices, schools and churches around the country operated — the original Xerox 914 copying machine. The principle of xerography — producing images on paper using electricity — was invented in 1938 by lawyer-scientist Chester Carlson, who saved future generations from having to deal with carbon paper. Making photocopying equipment in the U.S. is a $2.2 billion a year business. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events
Smithsonian Institution Archives
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 333315
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
CONTACT: Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762, rreed-at-census.gov
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau