A Trip Back in Time…at the Xerox Historical Archives

Written by:
Joel Basa
eMarketing Manager
Xerox Corporation
I have the privilege of working at the Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation. I can walk from my cube and make my way to a “tradeshow” like environment and see products like an iGen4 EXP and Color 800/1000 run. It’s nice to be able to see current technology operating in real time.
But another less talked about gem on our Webster Campus outside of Rochester, NY is the Xerox Historical Archives. Ann Neal manages this library of historical items ranging from some of past Xerox product offerings, items from the days of Haloid Xerox, and a vast collection of Xerox newsletters, product documentation, sales collaterals, etc. She recently gave me a quick tour of the facility.
As I walked around, I was thinking about the future when we’ll see our current technology in this archive. It made me ask, “What’s next for print?” So, I ask you, what technology do you see being the future of print? Would would you “dream” up?
In the meantime, here are a few items that I wanted to share with you from my visit to the Xerox Historical Archives.

Manual & Messy. One copy per minute … if you’re lucky!

Standard Equipment aka Flat Plate Equipment (1950’s) – Manual & Messy. One copy per minute … if you’re lucky!

Copyflo 24 (1950’s) – A 2500 pound gorilla that produced engineering drawing from aperture cards.

914 Copier (1960’s) – The Cinderella Fella, Turned Haloid Xerox into Xerox Corporation.

813 Copier (1960’s) – Would you believe a 200 pound desktop copier??  World’s first desktop.  Soon to be seen in Men in Black III.

Various Xerox Related Mugs – Black coffee, tea, or toner?

Showcase of Various Items found at the Xerox Historical Archives

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  1. Carrie Grove October 5, 2011 -

    Thanks for sharing these pix! It’s fun to look back and see how far we have come. : )

    • Joel Basa October 5, 2011 -

      Carrie, yes, its amazing how technology has really progressed!

      [Xerox Employee]

  2. Richard Lawrence October 5, 2011 -

    That is lovely and amazing – the retro graphics and cut out characters are brilliant..would love too see this in the flesh.

    • Joel Basa October 5, 2011 -

      Richard, if you come to Rochester, NY…we can probably arrange something! Its a great display of Xerox History!

  3. Zelwe Mwanza October 5, 2011 -

    This is lovely, no person or company can achieve something meaningful without deep roots like that of Xerox Corporation. keep up Xerox we are with you and we will never leave your products. Go Go Xerox Dc 250, 252 and 560 Go!. We have future together and learn from xerox.

    • Joel Basa October 5, 2011 -

      Thanks Zelwe!

      [Xerox Employee]

  4. David Dawes October 5, 2011 -

    What a wonderful collection. I definitely want to come see it if ever I’m in New York. I hope you have some other old classics, like a 9700 (first production laser), plus 3700 & 4045 (first desktop laser). Also the 4020 (first inkjet – VIVID colour).
    Funnily enough, I think I have some of those things in the last cabinet at my desk! 🙂

    [Xerox Employee]

    • Joel Basa October 5, 2011 -

      Dave, if you come to Rochester, let me know and we can try to arrange a visit. This is a tiny sample of what is housed at the Xerox Historical Archive.

  5. bharath October 6, 2011 -


  6. Greg October 7, 2011 -

    Ann once showed me the kit people used to make color graphics on the early color copiers. This was back when the text on most computer displays was green.

    It was literally cut and paste… then copy.

    [Xerox Employee]

  7. Amelio Paolucci October 7, 2011 -

    Great Stuff / It should be pointed out that Brother Dominick was associated with the 9200 Duplicating System and not the 914 as shown in one of the photos.
    ap / Xerox / Webster NY

    [Xerox Employee]

    • Joel Basa October 7, 2011 -

      You are correct! I think Ann just set it up that way!

      [Xerox Employee]

  8. Kaitlyn October 7, 2011 -

    It’s always good to look back and see how things got started. I love the classic images..

  9. Anita Johnson October 9, 2011 -

    What about our Voice mail for Voice of America, the 860 -8010 and old Telecopiers with DIck Tracy style plug in phone modems. Or even the Alto and Platter Pack

    [Xerox Employee]

  10. John Oppy October 9, 2011 -

    At 31 years and counting, 19 of them in Leesburg, there are a lot of products that I worked with directly that were true milestones in addition to what you have. I started my career with Printing Systems (which started as a separate company based in El Segundo and was similar to how ACS is set up with us today) one favorite, although the guys told me I was not ‘old’ enough to teach about it, was the CopyFlo, a machine so large you could walk inside of it. I started with the 1200, a real piece of work built on a 3600 duplicator engine with it’s OCG (Optical Character Generator’ drum which was in data centers as the predecessor to the 9700 (already mentioned) – make sure the 9700 is built on the 9200 engine and has the Ampex tape drive if looking for an original, the 5700 – the world’s first MFD was a decade ahead of the DC220 (also a milestone), the 4050 and the 4850 HighLight Color machine (built on a 1075 engine) earned reps a lot of cash, XPS700 – our ‘state of the art’ professional publishing system, and then Ventura software, a “Documenter” which was a 6085 with XPIW software that included a 4045 (another 100 lb+ desktop system with fonts on plug in cartriges that we sold as options) with a scanner, oh yes scanners – a 150GIS the first commercial digital scanner (using what became common commercial digital camera technology)was the size of an office copier attached to the 9700, on the color side the 6500 was years ahead of the 5775/4700 color machines considered ‘gen 1’ color technology then a DC12 the first ‘gen 2’ color technology with it’s intermediate transfer belt and then the original iGen3. String all of it together with the original thick yellow Ethernet cable as everything from the 9700 onwards was designed to be on the ‘net. I used to have to explain to people what ‘e-mail’ was…I learned to type on a 810 which used a monitor that was built in portrait mode to match the layout of business documents, this was our competition to Wang’s desktop publishing system, I could also go on and on about the products we had but I never was involved with many on the copier side, the original fax machines that we installed in NYC police cars, the big duplicators. Thanks for getting me thinking about the good old days.

    [Xerox Employee]

    • Lise August 17, 2015 -

      I wonder if my dad knew you… Léo Noury he was briefly in Leesburg from 1971 to74

    • Donald Resor August 17, 2015 -

      I know your comment is from 2011, however I am curious are there any images of a Xerox 810 as you have mentioned.

  11. Ann Neal October 10, 2011 -

    Amelio, sadly XHA does not have a 9200 so I simply parked Brother Dominic between the 914 Copier and the Alto. What you cannot see is that across from Brother Dominic is a display case with all sorts of sales brochures, a 9200 tee shirt and a Xerox Store mug all featuring our favorite monk. Brother Dominic (portrayed by Jack Eagle) represented Xerox and our products for over 10 years. He did a great job and the “It’s a miracle” ads are well remembered. Thought not a Xerox employee, I’ve been told that Xerox presented him with a ten year long service pin.

    [Xerox Employee]

  12. Peter Crean October 10, 2011 -

    Kudo’s to Ann Neal for all the good work she is doing with the Xerox Museum. She has changed it from a corporate attic into a corpporate assest. In addition to a great museum celebrating our past, it has an organized repository of hardware, software, documentation going back over 60 years which assists our patent lawyers as well as a physical record of our company’s products -as well as supplying the Xerox 914 to the Mad Men set.

  13. Ann Neal October 10, 2011 -

    Thanks for your words of support Peter! I can’t take credit for supplying the 914 Copier for Mad Men however. I’ve provided them with lots of documentation and answered a lot of questions but once I found out that John L. Palmer (a long term Xeroid) had a 914 on the west coast he became the go to guy for supplying the machine and handling the logistics of getting it to the Mad Men studio.

    [Xerox Employee]

  14. Tom Davison October 14, 2011 -

    Wow, there’s some old bits of kit there!

  15. Greg Moffitt October 16, 2011 -

    Love the old stuff! I’m a collector, too, (it’s a curse,) and have several old copiers in my basement. I’m attached to them as to my old car. One day I’ll be looking for another home for them. It’s great that Xerox has this archive to remind us of where we have come from.

    [Xerox Employee]

    • Barry Palmer December 5, 2014 -

      I have (2) Xerox Model 400 telecopiers that I haven’t used for 35-40 years. Would you know anyone interested in them? They use the sheet form of paper that the image burns into as the drum rotates with the paper attached.

  16. Katrina Smith October 18, 2011 -

    Thanks for article, Joel. And thanks to Ann Neal for keeping the XHA organized & accessible. On numerous occasions, she has located collaterals that I wouldn’t expect us to still have. The XHA is a wonderful resource.

    [Xerox Employee]

    • Joel Basa October 18, 2011 -

      Not a problem Katrina! Yes, the XHA is a wonderful resource. I wish more customers could see the archive first hand!

      [Xerox Employee]

  17. Joe Rickard November 1, 2011 -


    Great blog, Hopefully I can see the museum the next time I am at the Gil Hatch.

    My favorite early device was the Xerox 660. My fiancee, later my wife, worked in the development office at St. Francis Hospital on Long Island. They had the machine and put it to great use.

    Consequently, at the same time I was hired by Xerox and had to successfully demo the machine during my basic sales training.
    Because of this, I was star in my wife’s office because I knew how to change the web and clear jams.

    Good luck with the museum.

    PS Knowing how to change the web and clear jams on the 660 was not the reason my wife married me but it did not hurt.

    Joe Rickard

    • Joel Basa November 3, 2011 -

      Hi Joe, I can put you in touch with Ann Neal who manages the Archives. She’s always eager to show people Xerox’s vibrant history. Next time you visit maybe she’ll have the 660!

      [Xerox Employee]

      • Jan August 29, 2018 -

        Hello, I have the service documentation for the Xerox 4000, 4500 copier.
        I also have other Xerox copiers.
        I have an efficient Rank Xerox 813 creep machine.


  18. Nancy Watrous December 29, 2011 -

    Hi Anne,

    There is a film that was sponsored by Xerox in 1970 called LORD THING about the Vice Lords, a gang in Chicago. I was wondering if Xerox historical Society has any films in its possession besides work about the company. Thanks.


    • Joel Basa January 5, 2012 -

      Hi Nancy, I heard through the grape vine that Ann is in touch with you. Let us know how you make out.

  19. Ann Neal January 5, 2012 -

    Hi Nancy, I realize that your question was answered during our phone converstation but I’m posting my response on the blog site as well for the benefit of others who might have a similar question. As you have stated this is probably a film that Xerox sponsored but, since we did not create the film and therefore have no rights with regard to the content, we do not have a copy here at XHA. Another possiblity is that it was made by the Xerox Education Group but that group and its divisions were sold years ago along with the rights to anything they produced. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  20. Holley Bond January 19, 2012 -

    Finally there are people who see value in archives & appreciate our history! I’ve known Ann for years, and remember the archives to be a locked up corner in Bldg. 801 that housed “stuff” nobody much cared about seeing. That, and a few show pieces on the 13 floor of X2. Thank goodness Ann volunteered to not only house those items, but turn them into a real archive. Yeah, Ann!!!! If anyone can ever get a copy of the old John Dessauer & Howard Clark book, “My Years with Xerox,” it’s more than worth the read — and gives one a sense of belonging & pride. Ann, do you have one in your Archives? I know it was out of print. The Xerox story is a great one, and hopefully will continue making history.

  21. Ann Neal January 20, 2012 -

    Hello Holly, Thanks for your kind comments! Yes I do have a copy of Dessauer’s “My Years with Xerox” at XHA and I agree, it is a great read. I think Xerox use to pass paperback copies of this book out to new hires at one time. Believe it or not I found a hard bound copy in perfect condition at a local garage sale a couple of years ago so they can be found if one is lucky. Another super book is “Copies in Seconds” by David Owen. It not only tells the tale of the Haloid Company and the development of the 914 Copier (our first automatic plain paper copier) but it also details Chester Carlson’s life and his struggles to generate interest in his invention of xerography.

  22. Andre January 31, 2012 -

    I worked at Xerox from 1978 thru 1992.
    Started with the 4000/4500 then 5400 5600 1065 to eventually move to Docutech.
    I was wondering if there are any links to old Xerox documentation and/or schematics for the models aforementinned. (I think I could probably still repair a Xerox 4000

  23. Ann Neal February 1, 2012 -

    Hello Andre, Sorry, I know of no outside Xerox links to old product documentation. With that said I’ll be the first to mention that it is simply amazing what can be found on eBay and other web sites. Also something that you might enjoy hearing is that I have a working 4000 Copier here at XHA and it was in the movie “The Hoax” (2006) with Richard Gere and Alfred Molina. One can see copies being made but sadly any direct shots of the machine ended up on the editing room floor.

    • Jan August 29, 2018 -

      Hello, I have the service documentation for the Xerox 4000, 4500 copier.
      I also have other Xerox copiers.
      I have an efficient Rank Xerox 813 creep machine.


  24. Robert Bortolot April 9, 2012 -

    Great memories from a wonderful time and fantastic people. I was part of the 9200 product launch in the New York Uptown Branch along with Amelio Paolucci and Ralph Tubello. I would like to contact them?
    Great Job, well done!

  25. Ann Neal April 10, 2012 -

    Hello Robert, We are delighted you enjoyed the archive blog. Isn’t it fun to have worked at Xerox where there are so many great people, super products and always innovative history in the making; all of which result in great memories. You should be getting a “blast from the past” in your email – enjoy the reunion!

  26. kathy montgomery April 26, 2012 -

    Ann, I worked with you 25 years ago in Library
    Services I m glad to see you are still there and stil a part of Xerox I have lost track of Ceclia I have fond memories of TLC kathy

  27. Ann Neal April 26, 2012 -

    Hello Kathy,
    What a terrific surprise! I am delighted you found the XHA blog and left a note. Since twenty five years of catch up takes more than a short paragraph, I’m taking this off line… watch your email.

  28. Jan October 9, 2012 -

    Hi, I have a Xerox copier model Xerox 813 and Xerox 660
    Where is the museum of photocopying machines.
    My machines are in working order and have a lot of supplies. (toner C + developer)
    I live in Poland

  29. Ray Brewer January 24, 2013 -

    Jan, Sorry for the delay responding. If you still have the equipment and supplies, contact me.

  30. Arnold C. Palmer February 8, 2013 -

    Do the Archieves, by chance, have a copy of the ‘canned’ scripted 660 demo/presentation that every Xerox sales new hire had to learn – perfectly, by heart, before they could head off to sales school? Plus, the ‘entrance exam’ when the new hire arrived at Basic Sales School in Ft. Lauderdale was to be video-taped giving the 660 demo which had to literally be perfect, word-for-word, or he/she would be sent home in disgrace. I learned the demo when I joined Xerox in 1970 and am embarrassed to say, I can not longer remember it in its entirety. If you have it on file, I would love to get a copy.

  31. Russell Sears April 4, 2013 -

    I was a Xerox engineer back in the 1970’s and worked initially at the UK refurbishment workshop in Uxbridge. I worked on the 7000 duplicator and later became a field engineer in London. It has been many years since I worked on one but I am sure I would be able to rebuild one from scratch even now, given access to the right parts. I also worked on the 9200/9400 dups and also the 2300/2202 copier models…. great days, long since gone.

  32. Bill Michael April 4, 2013 -

    Thanks for sharing the memories, Russell – always fun to take a trip back in memory lane!

    Bill (Xerox Employee)

  33. Peter Gardner April 19, 2013 -

    I used to be a Xerox field service engineer in Great Britain and serviced the original flat plate camera, the 914 – 720 and 1000 family, the 813 – 660 and also the 3100.

    I also serviced the 400 telecopier. This was a ghastly early facsimile machine which made a terrible smell. This was due to the stylus burning the image onto the paper. Salesmen were told when demonstrating to potential customers that it gave off the smell of strawberries.

    I once installed a 660 copier on a film set at Elstree studios. While I was installing the copier the film crew were busy constructing the scenery around me. This was for a scene in the television series called ‘The Protectors”

  34. Edward Vinces June 17, 2013 -

    Great comments on the equipment that started a revolution.
    I worked for Xerox in San Francisco from 1964 to 1994. I was originally trained on the Xerox Standard, 813 and 914 copiers. Later I was involved in two very interesting projects while working on all the equipment thru the Docutech 135:
    Xerox LDX (long distance Xerography) that was a very large machine that scanned documents using video technology and transmitted data to remote locations to a similar machine that using CRT technology makes copies of the originals. This was in the mid 60’s and was the precursor of the fax machine.
    The other equipment that I worked on was the Xerox 321, another large machine that made copies of B size engineering documents into sortable IBM punch cards at very high resolution. It used flash exposure on a continuous moving belt into a selenium coated brass belt, developed by a modified 813 developer housing and the IBM cards were fused by a high power flash. Cards were later printed to sheet size on a modified 720 copier with enlarging optics, called the Xerox 123.
    When I retired, I was an engineering specialist on the Docutech 135, I now own a computer company working on the latest computer equipment.
    Ed Vinces

  35. J.M. July 20, 2013 -

    I have a memory from my childhood visiting my mother’s work and in the office was a large xerox machine that fascinated me. I have tried to find out what the model was, because it was different than any copier I have seen. It was about 2 meters in length and from 1980’s. Xerox I’m sure. Light gray and dark blue. And it didn’t have the typical line of light scanning the paper, rather under the glass it had a round white cavity, like a sink, and an objective lens that moved. It was boxy in shape and resembled the 1075 model, but I’m sure it wasn’t that model. Does anyone have an idea what in the world that monster of a copier was. I was told it was a very high end machine and could enlarge images and what ever. I was too young to remember, but now I can not get that machine out of my mind. The year was late 1980’s. jamietti@hotmail.com

    • Doug Stevens January 29, 2015 -

      7000 reduction duplicator

  36. Gerd Rudolf July 29, 2013 -

    I used to be a Xerox field service engineer in Germany and serviced the 660 and also the 3100 up t0 3400. Later x400 Fax and X800-X860 Wordporcessing System. Had a great time!

  37. Jan Kaluza August 12, 2013 -

    I present my photocopier Rank Xerox 813.
    Photocopier is efficient in very good condition.
    I invite you to my page.

    • David Hooge December 7, 2015 -

      Sure wish your page were in Texan jam. Have a blessed day.

  38. Dave Risik - ex V23C August 15, 2013 -

    I was first trained on 813/660’s and 3100’s. Loved the 660… I had 25 of them in a line at the Dept. of Commerce in D.C. I was there every day to clean the one or two that caught fire. They would stream feed them all day long!

  39. Dave Risik - ex V23C August 15, 2013 -

    I would love to hear from the tech’s I worked with in D.C. and Wayne Groft – Worlds best FSM


  40. José Monteiro August 19, 2013 -

    I’m from Portugal
    I have a xerox 660 for sale.
    Anyone interrested?

  41. Jan Kaluza August 22, 2013 -

    I invite you to watch the photocopiers Rank Xerox 813.


  42. Jack January 16, 2014 -

    PSR, CSR, CSE Layed off… 2300, 1020, 3300, 8200, 1075, 9500, 9400, 9900, 5090, DT-135, DT 6180, 6120, 6155 Still have all DT documentation and can still remember how to service

  43. Eric March 25, 2014 -

    I have always been fascinated by the old Xerox copiers and duplicators, and also the history of Xerox. Great to read all the stories of many of the former Xerox employees in this blog. I was so fortunate to work in a printshop in the 1980’s and 1990’s, where we had machines like 9400, 9500, 1048, 2830. Back then I had a lot of brochures and pictures of many of the machines, but all of that was thrown away many years ago. If anybody has any pictures, brochures or manuals of the old Xerox copiers/duplicator, please send me an email. I’m also interested in buying old Xerox machines if anyone has one. Preferably machines that was on the market in 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s.

    Eric – klf700@hotmail.com

  44. Stephen Wolstenholme May 9, 2014 -


    I live in the UK and am setting up a mobile museum of obsolete technology in a converted bus. The copying side of technology is underrepresented in my display collection so far. In the UK, litle attention seems to have been paid to this major office development, compared with items such as radios, TVs and computers.

    Can anyone help me please with the donation of any archive material or objects please, including brochures, advertising etc.


    Stephen Wolstenholme
    Oxted, Surrey, UK

  45. Nancy Austin June 1, 2014 -

    I am a graphic design student doing a timeline on the history of print. I would love to use a couple of your photos in my project. May I have permission?

    Thank you!

  46. Bill Michael June 2, 2014 -

    Hi Nancy – I manage the Xerox Digital Printing Hot Spot Blog – thanks for reaching out. Any photos from this post you are absolutely more than welcome to use for your project. It sounds exciting – best of luck!

    Bill (Xerox Employee)

  47. charlie jones June 5, 2014 -

    I still have a working 4045 model 160 that I use for word processing printing. Alas it will only print from an old Windows 98 computer as that was the last system that Xerox had a print driver for. A shame too as it has 3 paper trays and a stacker.

  48. scott marsahll June 7, 2014 -

    Heya , my father worked for Rank Xerox in the sixties as a service engineer in the UK and I need a photo of the Austin service vans in use in ’67and ’68 if you had anything like that for a family history book I am writing…can you help?

  49. tom leinweber July 6, 2014 -

    I have a working model 1012 copier from the mid 80’s, complete with trays and user manual. I have replaced a few parts in the 20 years I’ve had it, but it didn’t get used much, just for personal use at home. Anyone interested?
    Arizona, USA

  50. CJ July 25, 2014 -

    I worked for Xerox as a service tech in New York for 33 years. I retired two years ago and am wondering if XHA allows retirees and visitors to have a look at the items on display?

    • Bill Michael August 5, 2014 -

      Hello CJ – We always welcome retirees and visitors to the Historical Archives.

      To schedule a visit, please feel free to contact: Ray (dot) Brewer (at) xerox (dot) com

      Thank you!

  51. Katya Galitzine September 1, 2014 -

    My Father, George Galitzine, worked for Rank Xerox in the early 1960’s.
    He was in the team who were the first people to take Xerox to the Trade Fair in Moscow in July 1964.
    Later my father went on to be a very popular historian on Russian culture and history. In his memory in 1994, a remarkable library was set up in St Petersburg, Russia.
    We collect books on Russia published abroad.
    As a small Anglo-British charity, the Company Xerox, still based in UK, helped us by donating our first library photo copying machine in 1994 and regularly updating it over the years. (Unfortunately, this kindness stopped when the company became American and we now struggle through with a rather old B/W photo copier, that is becoming harder and harder to service.)
    This year marks 50 years of the Moscow trade show and we have a file of photographs both from the British press and the Russian press to mark that event.
    I still have a copy of the then xerox’ed edition of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, that was surreptitiously given to my father to make a copy of on the Xerox machine on display!
    We would like to share this small exhibition of our archives from that time, with the Xerox company. Please let me know how best to go about this.

  52. Katya Galitzine September 1, 2014 -

    I would also like to stress the importance at this time in history of our library.
    We offer choice and freedom of speech to the people of St Petersburg, and an insight into their lost history – as well as showing readers how the ‘rest of the world’ thinks about Russia.
    Readers come specifically to use our Xerox facilities (we offer 5 free pages of copy a day to readers) and they engage in conversations and discussions about the relevant topics of the moment.
    The introduction of the Rank Xerox copying machines to the USSR, was the beginning of the disintegration of communism – it may sound overly dramatic, but the lack of access to knowledge and information was what kept people suppressed. Suddenly, the availability of even 5 copies of a story or a document, made all the difference to some people’s lives.
    It is important at the moment to keep engaged in a discourse with Russians and not to look at them as the enemy. The majority of people in St Petersburg are intelligent cultured people, with very high standards of fairness and equality. The Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library lauds these qualities and tries to encourage those who visit to learn from their history and stay involved with the international world outside.
    It may be an inanimate object, but our Xerox machine is a very pertinent member of our team! I would like to offer people colour printing and faster printing, but our small charity cannot stretch to this expense, so we must keep our old lady going!


  53. Ricardo Santos December 19, 2014 -

    Where can I find images/pictures from old old Rank Xerox 3600 and 7200 copier models, from the 70’s. The second one (Xerox 7200) I think it was the first Xerox model with possibility of reduction.

  54. jack February 20, 2015 -

    would love to have a 9900 and a doc 6180 in my basement for conversation pcs. Waltham ma. layed off 2005

  55. michael miller March 10, 2015 -

    Having joined xerox uk in 64 I am still training and selling the current range of digital devices and software

    Oh how many stories I have to tell after 50 years in Sales.My youngest daughter Claire has just completed twenty years in Sales. Has turned into a competition who has one the most trips

    Michael Miller Fuji Xerox Australia

  56. ND Martin June 20, 2015 -

    I have a museum-quality Haloid-Xerox Camera #4 with Processor D that I’ve used for electrographic artwork. The process in its fundamental form is fascinating. There is a ‘magical’ moment as the image appears on the plate and electrically transfers to the paper. At that point, the image exists as toner dust and can be erased by a sneeze. I use toner from the Xerox 6500 to do color.

    Does anyone have selenium plates for this wonderful equipment? Toner and developer is easy, but the plates wear and corrode.

  57. Dave Marshall July 27, 2015 -

    I found this site while Googling ‘whatever happened to Rank Xerox?’ I joined the Scottish RX sales team in 1971. I’m surprised there’s no mention of the fact that RX always rented their machines?This decision must have contributed to their massive profits(mentioned above). I remember that salesmen earned points, on a scale,for every machine they signed up at the rate of 4 points for a 660 desktop or 24 points for a massive 3600. With a ‘just liveable’ basic salary, and points worth around £6 (or more), the commission earning potential was limitless. The downside was that if a customer terminated his rental, the corresponding number of points was deducted from the salesmans commission that month. Not surprisingly, a bit of ‘wheeling and dealing’ was the norm. Great memories though including the day I followed a lead in ’73 to rent a m/c to the fledgling Radio Clyde where signed up and hosted their flagship Breakfast Show for 28 years. I retired from broadcasting in 2014 after 40 years on air. Thank you RX for two fun (and frantic) years!

  58. Lise August 17, 2015 -

    As an adult child of a retired Xerox employee, I had to smile at some of the posts. My father was one of a few guys who was transfered to the Leesburg training center when it opened. I was 9 (now 52!) never spoke english in my life and it was a big deal to move away from my Montreal home to Sterling Park, Virginia. When we first moved there my mother struggle making herself understood at the grocery store with her, “I’m sawry, I wont de brred sexyonne”

    I can tell you that my father’s anecdotes and stories, his formidable memory of names and sometimes names of spouses, colours still, every family gathering…”…I remember when I worked on the 9400… ” number after number of machines are part of our growing up. New technology being developped before our eyes… not to mention we were the only kids on the block with white sheets of paper for colouring. Don’t think we had free access, noooo it was a special priveledge. The whole family sorta giggles when he starts on his, ” Oh yeah I remember when I worked at Xerox…”

    There was life, growth promise and you could feel through him.

    It’s lovely to see that it wasn’t only him.

    • David Endo January 1, 2016 -

      I started Xexox Sep. 1975 and remember a Instructor from Canada that lived in Sterling Park, VA. I wonder if that was your father…What was his full name?

      I think he was one of three instructors (aka course monitors) that taught my 9200 new hire class. I had such a great time while at Xerox Corporation.

      Xerox Employee, Los Angeles-Central

  59. LÉO NOURY August 17, 2015 -

    Bonjour José, I don’t want to buy your 660 bit I have a 3100 base to put it on, it’s yours.

    It was and still is great company.


  60. Delleposti August 24, 2015 -

    i work for XEROX since 1980 . Started on 660 copier . Later in1989 at Leesburg a 8790 printer and 4090 in Mexico 1991.
    Today on PSG group.
    I am so glad to find many old frinds and technicians with good memorys about this.
    thanks you all.

  61. Paulo Delleposti August 25, 2015 -

    I ´m From Brazil , Sao Paulo.
    I entered XEROX in 1980 ,
    First training 660
    then Leesbourg , 1989 , 9790 print system
    now at PSG group.
    i,m glad to find many peoples who worked and still at XEROX.
    It is one of the most inportant and inventive company in the world.


  62. Basil Zabek August 31, 2015 -

    In the summer of 1964 when I joined Xerox the company released the 813 copier. With it there was a canned sales pitch that everyone in the branch was asked to memorize and use.

    The pitch began something like this, ” This is the famous Xerox copier, notice how handsomely styled and compact it is. The paper supply is conveniently contained in the front of the machine….”

    I’ve been trying to obtain a copy of the pitch, but have been spectacularly unsuccessful. If you can help, please circle back to me.

    • Michael Miller September 1, 2015 -

      I also joined Rank Xerox in London in 1964

      Yes all our dems were scripted even to the extent we had a National Demonstration competitions with the final on the Coventry Garden Opera house stage. A Mini Car was the first prize
      How things have changed

      I am still actively involved training a team in Sydney.

      It’s great to be still up to speed with all the new technology and software applications
      Funny I am hammering home the benefits of doing scripted dems on key products using the Brochure.

      No need to re invent the wheel.

      The guys never get bored listening to all the old stories.
      Am I the only person in the Xerox World still meeting with clients and selling after 51 years

      Michael Miller

  63. David Hooge September 28, 2015 -

    I worked at Xerox from 1978 until 2010. I worked on the 813/660, the 3100f, 3300f, 1090f, 5100/5800/5900. Before my retirement I donated my Brother Dominique poster to the archives.

    David Hooge
    San Antonio, Texas

  64. Mark Warren October 9, 2015 -

    Help – can anyone throw some light on a Patent Specification we have hanging on our wall ?
    Number 1501214 published 15 Feb 1978 ” imaging device responsive to electrical input ”
    Inventors are ; alistair william holmes lawson wright,peter frederick warren( My father),richard carlile marshall,david Arthur walker.
    Any clues on the techie bit – what it did and anyone remember these guys names,etc.
    Curiosity has got the better of me – any info would be appreciated !!

  65. David Hooge October 15, 2015 -

    I started on the 813 and 660 in 1978 when I hired on as a tech at Xerox. Worked on 3300’s, 1075’s, 1090’s, 5100’s, 5800’s, 535’s, Lakes, Hodaka’s and many more. I briefly worked as the Technology Specialist for District 3170 (San Antonio Texas). Retired in 2010 and figured I was done with all things Xerox only to find myself working for Dahill Corporation as a field service tech and now as the refurbish specialist in Dahill’s SHOP.

    Always Xerox…!

  66. Graham November 22, 2015 -

    I joined the West London branch of Rank Xerox in 1971 as a field service engineer working on the universal range of copiers. They were the 813/660/914/720 machines. Later I worked on 3600/7000 duplicators. I have various service manuals and key operator booklets for these and other models.

  67. ralph lachance December 4, 2015 -

    I have in my cellar what I believe is the 2nd version of the flat plate system shown in your first photo above. Basically the unit is a horizontal copy stand that takes an 8 x14 (?) Xerox plate and the copy is produced using the electrostatic charger and heater box shown here.

    Not in perfect shape but it is intact.

    I really hate to throw it out – the unit was used for over 10 years in the tech writing dept at Data General near Boston – Free to a good home. I’m in Boston area, could even conceive of a way to get it to Rochester if you folks are interested.

    • ND Martin May 1, 2016 -

      I hope you didn’t toss the machine. I’m looking for plates at the very least.

  68. Jeff Zornow December 19, 2015 -

    My grandfather was Homer Piper, a Chemist who worked for Haloid. Homer invented the emulsion which made the toner adhere to the paper. The license plate on his huge Lincoln Town Car included the numbers 914. I was always amused by that. I have a heavy cast metal Haloid logo, which looks like it may have been imbedded in the stone or concrete of the old Haloid building. If you send me your email address I’d be happy to send you a picture. I would love to learn more about this artifact.

  69. Teresa December 28, 2015 -

    Hello, I have an old Xerox machine, that was used to make the cels for Disney movies, looking to sell it

    • ND Martin May 1, 2016 -

      Do you still have the machine? I know that Disney used the #4 Camera/Processor D for cels. I’m looking for plates at the very least.

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  72. Sara Ruiz October 17, 2016 -

    Hello. I would like to know if the Xerox Historical Archives are still operating and to whom I should contact to get technical information about the first color copiers from Xerox, such as 6500. Thanks!

    • Bill Michael October 17, 2016 -

      Hello Sara. Yes, the Xerox Historical Archives are still operating. Please contact Ray Brewer (Ray.Brewer@xerox.com) for specific product information.

      Thank you,

      Bill (Xerox)

  73. Sara Ruiz October 20, 2016 -

    Hello Bill. I am glad to know that. Thank you very much for the information!!

  74. John Ellsworth February 27, 2017 -

    Could someone direct me to the person who oversees the Xerox Historical Archives? I have the name of Ann Neal but her email does not go through.


    • Bill Michael February 28, 2017 -

      Hi John –

      Ann retired several years back, but Ray Brewer now manages the Xerox Archives. You can contact him at Ray.Brewer@xerox.com.

      Bill (Xerox)

  75. Ron May 1, 2017 -

    Have just found this site, and seen the reason my emails failed
    As I had found a reference to Ann Neal circa 2007 and tried mailing with mail not known,
    I had cleared out a lot of brochures circa 1962 1970 era as needed the space and had too many.

    Worked for Rank Xerox / Xerox in the UK from 1962 to 2002 a service engineer on 1385s 914s through copyflo 5b 13a 2400 813 and so on, including the “advanced CFP” fanfold copier and later on Alto and word processing systems as well as the “xerox 820pc”
    Xerox 800, early fax TC 400 through 495
    the star 810 through 6085 and Globalview on the sun sparc systems.

    later supported the Docutech / Docuprint family as an analyst.
    still have some odd bits Alto mice etc. also somewhere some photos of me working on a copyflo in the East Berlin state library in early 70’s

    Also supported the Xerox information points at the Barcelona Olympics 1992. maybe some docs still around from that. also have some Olympic posters from that trip!

  76. Steve July 8, 2017 -

    I have a complete working Xerox Haloid 1218 copier from 1967 complete with flat plate camera, extra processors, parts, service manuals and brochures. At the time one could make a copy in 3 minutes.

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