Xerox History Timeline

Xerox History Timeline — 1930's

We at Xerox have been working in the document management industry for over a century. In that time, we've brought you many of the office items you take for granted at work every day. From the first xerographic image that was made in 1938 to our breakthroughs in home and business computing from the 1970s to today, we've been advancing business from day one.


Rectigraph Rectigraph Purchase
At the urging of Joseph R. Wilson, the son of Haloid Company co-founder Joseph C. Wilson, Haloid acquires the Rectigraph Company, a photocopying machine manufacturer that uses Haloid paper.


Haloid Company logo Haloid Company Stock
In order to raise funds for purchase of the Rectigraph Company, the Haloid Company issues its first offering of public stock on September 16.


first xerographic iamge First Xerographic Image
Inventor Chester Carlson, pursuing the concept of electrophotography in his spare time, makes the first xerographic image in his Astoria, Queens, New York City lab—a handwritten notation of "10-22-38 ASTORIA."