The History of The Photocopier

  • Jan 1, 618

    T’ang Dynasty - the first printing is done in China using ink on carved wooden blocks begins to make multiple transfers of an image to paper.

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  • Jan 1, 868

    The Diamond Sutra is printed.

  • Jan 1, 1241

    Koreans print books using movable type

  • Jan 1, 1300

    The first use of wooden type in China

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  • Jan 1, 1309

    Europeans first make paper

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  • Jan 1, 1338

    First papermill opens in France

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  • Jan 1, 1390

    First papermill opens in Germany

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  • Jan 1, 1392

    Foundries that can produce bronze type are opened in Korea.

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  • Jan 1, 1423

    In Europe block printing is used to print books.

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  • Jan 1, 1452

    In Europe, metal plates are first used in printing. Gutenberg begins printing the Bible which he finishes in 1456.

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  • Jan 1, 1457

    First color printing by Fust and Schoeffer.

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  • Jan 1, 1465

    Drypoint engravings invented by Germans.

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  • Jan 1, 1476

    William Caxton begins using a Gutenberg printing press in England.

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  • Jan 1, 1477

    Intaglio is first used for book illustration for a Flemish book called Il Monte Sancto di Dio.

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  • Jan 1, 1495

    First papermill opened in England.

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  • Jan 1, 1501

    Italic type first used.

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  • Jan 1, 1550

    Wallpaper introduced in Europe

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  • First weekly newspaper published in Antwerp.

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  • King James Bible published.

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  • Mezzotint invented in Germany

    Mezzotint is a print made from an engraved copper or steel plate on which the surface has been partially roughened. date n.d.
  • First papermill opened in the American colonies

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  • Multi-colored engraving invented by German Jakob Le Blon. The first English language daily newspaper is published called the Daily Courant.

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  • language daily newspaper is published called the Daily Courant.

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  • In Scotland stereotyping invented by William Ged

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  • Iron printing presses invented.

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  • Rotary printing press invented by Napier

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  • Embossed printing invented by Louis Braille

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  • Type-composing machine invented

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  • Electrotyping invented

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  • Cylinder press invented by Richard Hoe

    Cylinder press can print 8,000 sheets an hour. date n.d.
  • Rotary web-fed letterpress invented by William Bullock.

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  • Web offset press can print on both sides of paper at once.

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  • Paper is now mass-manufactured from wood pulp.

  • Photogravure printing invented by Karl Klic.

  • Linotype composing machineinvented by Ottmar Mergenthaler.

  • Mimeograph machine introduced.

  • Printing presses can now print and fold 90,000 4-page papers an hour. Diazotype invented (print photographs on fabric).

  • 4-color rotary press invented.

  • Offset lithography becomes common. The first comic book is published.

  • Commercial silk screening invented.

  • Chester Carlson invented a dry printing process called electrophotography commonly called a Xerox

  • Phototypesetting made practical

  • the first high-speed printer was developed by Remington-Rand for use on the Univac computer

  • The original laser printer called EARS was developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

  • the very first IBM 3800 was installed in the central accounting office at F. W. Woolworth’s North American data center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • the inkjet printer was invented

  • the first xerographic laser printer product, was released

  • the inkjet to become a home consumer item with Hewlett-Parkard's release of the DeskJet inkjet printer, priced at a whopping $1000.

  • Hewlett-Packard released the popular LaserJet 4, the first 600 by 600 dots per inch resolution laser printer