Chester Carlson's Vision


Enjoy 75 years in 75 seconds: a look at many Xerox milestones.

Seventy-five years ago, Chester Carlson created an easier way to duplicate information on paper. Named “xerography,” his invention revolutionized how information is shared and, ultimately, how office work gets done. Carlson’s invention also launched our company, Xerox.

Carlson’s legacy remains at the heart and soul of today’s Xerox. The genius of his invention and his passion for turning an idea into a business have been passed on to Xerox people over the 75 years since the very first xerographic copy was made.

In celebrating this 75th anniversary, we also celebrate Carlson. While tinkering in his lab in Astoria, Queens, he had one simple objective in mind: “…to make office work a little more productive and a little less tedious.” Fast forward to today: Simplifying how work gets done is core to Xerox and to the value we bring to our customers – in 160 countries and through the support of 140,000 Xerox people.



Did you know?

For 75 years, Xerox has changed the world in which we live and work in surprising ways. Here are a few things you may not know about Xerox.


  •                     
  •                     



Inspired by Chester Carlson

Image Map

There's always a simpler way
This is the founding purpose of Xerox: a practical belief that the way work gets done can always be made simpler. And then even simpler. That's what motivated Carlson to take the world from the age of carbon paper to something much easier. With just a touch of a button, information was duplicated for one or for the masses. This belief in simplicity will continue to inspire our innovations for decades to come.

You don't have to be an inventor to invent
Carlson was a patent attorney, yet that didn't stop him from leading one of the biggest business revolutions in history. His example is a reminder that each of us has something to contribute. We each bring unique insights, ideas, experience and expertise that improve our daily work.

Never give up
Carlson's invention was impressive. But perhaps more important was his decades-long determination to turn xerography into a real business. Carlson "shopped" his invention to dozens of companies, including IBM and Kodak. Everyone said no – not seeing the need for a new duplicating technology. It wasn't until Carlson met Joe Wilson of the Haloid Company that he found a business partner who would share his vision and take a chance on his big idea. Carlson's courage, doggedness, healthy balance of patience and impatience, plus good, old-fashioned grit, should inspire all of us.

Collaboration makes us stronger
As groundbreaking as Carlson's initial invention was, working together with the innovators at the Haloid Company is what brought xerography to life. This reminds us that although individual accomplishment is important, teamwork, collaboration and community are what yield exponential results.

Above all, excel at excellence
As elementary as it sounds, the true magic of Carlson’s invention was that it worked. Again and again. To do so, every equation… every schematic… every nut and bolt… had to be planned, fit together and executed with precision. The Xerox brand today continues to be respected for our integrity and high standards of excellence. Our customers expect nothing less from us. And, they deserve the very best.



Connect with Xerox

@XeroxCorp
Posted less than 1 hour ago

Why #Magazines Are Doing Just Fine. xerox.bz/1u0Cxw5 via @Digiday
@XeroxCorp
Posted less than 1 hour ago

Success doesn't lead to happiness. But happiness leads to success. @B2Community explains: xerox.bz/1tOGt3R #productivity
@XeroxCorp
Posted less than 1 hour ago

Cars aren't the only vehicles getting smarter & safer. Check out how tech is improving trucks. xerox.bz/1tOCSCV #transportation
@XeroxCorp
Posted less than 1 hour ago

Silver lining to #IDC10 delay? Hospitals and doctors can use time to get prepared. xerox.bz/1qMeJcc #Healthcare
@XeroxCorp
Posted 2 hours ago

Xerox researchers lead the way in #innovation. xerox.bz/1sIIH2M via @DandC
@XeroxCorp
Posted 2 hours ago

@KathVanSchalkwy Definitely not the right photo for a good #LinkedIn profile! Hoping you found the tips in the article useful.
@XeroxCorp
Posted 2 hours ago

@kimlanikolaus Thanks for the RT! Love your perspective on introverts in sales.
@XeroxCorp
Posted 2 hours ago

In #sales? 3 lessons to learn from #HR recruiters: xerox.bz/1wItq8P via @RealBusiness
@XeroxCorp
Posted 2 hours ago

@CecileDELETTRE Thanks for sharing Ursula's advice with your followers!
@XeroxCorp
Posted 3 hours ago

This three step process from @judywillis will help you better learn new information: xerox.bz/1sItGOE -@RealBusiness
@XeroxEvents
Posted 6 hours ago

Be sure to check us out at #GraphEXPO booth 1213! xerox.bz/1mWwcxF
@XeroxEvents
Posted 8 hours ago

.@RossRichendrfer's guide on better #networking online & offline socialmediatoday.com/content/3-pain…
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

RT @ESPNTennis: There's nothing like NYC under the lights! The crowds are ready for the night session @usopen, are you? #ESPNTennis http://…
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

RT @XeroxCorp: We're helping behind the scenes at one of the biggest annual sporting events. What do you love about the #usopen? http://t.c…
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

It's been a beautiful, busy Day 3 at the #usopen. How are you staying cool? vine.co/v/MlIqxUz2PBI
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

Day 3 Daily Hot Sheet presented by @XeroxCorp #usopen usopen.org/en_US/news/art… http://t.co/Rz0ekohP5S
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

Meet #tennis stars like @bartoli_marion at the @WTA booth at #USOpen. Don't forget your @XeroxCorp autograph book! http://t.co/5CcVK6gkGm
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

Did you like last year's #40LOVE Story? Then you're gonna LOVE #RoadToSingapore: The Series! Here's a sneak peek: xerox.bz/1wCYRRH
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

Make sure you visit us at #GraphEXPO for any print related questions! But first register here! #Xerox xerox.bz/1ATZfKp
@XeroxEvents
Posted 1 day ago

RT @gerard0garcia: An autographed tennis ball from @ARadwanska ! "The Ninja" my favorite tennis player! Thanks @XeroxEvents! #WTALive http:…