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HISTORY OF OFFICE EQUIPMENT

Office technology has driven much of the innovation in communications, working styles, and even in the value placed on certain skill sets. Geography is no longer a barrier to doing business; nor are business travelers cut off from the communications infrastructure that supports their work. It is difficult to predict the office landscape of the 21st century. Trends point to smaller and faster office machines that will be capable of carrying out more complex functions with minimal human input.
      INVENTION      INVENTOR YEAR
Ball Point Pen
Cellophane Tape
Fax Machine
Liquid Paper
Masking Tape

Paper Clip
Post-it Notes
QWERTY Keyboard
Rolodex
Typewriter
Xerography
Ladislas Biro
Dick Drew
Alexander Bain
Bette Nesmith Graham
Dick Drew

William Middlebrook

Art Fry and Spencer Silver
Christopher Sholes
Hildaur Neilsen
Christopher Sholes
Chester Carlson
1935
1930
1843
1951
1925

1899
1974
1875
1954
1867
1938

TO LEARN MORE

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
100 Inventions That Shaped World History
by Bill Yenne, Morton, Dr. Grosser (Editor) / Paperback - 112 pages / Bluewood Books (1993)
This book contains inventions from all around the world from microchips to fire. This is a really good book if you are going to do research on inventions.

Innovation: Breakthrough Thinking at 3M
Rosabeth Moss Kanter / Hardcover - 209 pages / Harper Business - 1997
While many managers still view creativity and originality in the workplace with suspicion and apprehension, some of today's top corporations are parlaying these same traits into notable long-term success.


ON THE SCREEN:
Office Wonders 
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00
Office Wonders explores the stories behind everything from the paper clip to the laser printer, showing how they were invented and developed and revealing what makes them tick. From chance discoveries never intended to wind up at work to the irony of labor saving devices and why they can actually create more work, we'll deconstruct your desktop and expose the wonders there.


ON THE WEB:

Alexander Bain & the Fax Machine
The patent for the fax machine was granted to Alexander Bain on 27 May 1843, 33 years before the patent was given for the telephone.
(URL: www.sciencenet.org.uk/Origins/telecom.html)

Office Equipment
SciTech, Carbons to Computers series from the Smithsonian Institution.
(URL: www.smithsonianeducation.org/scitech/carbons/start.html)

Three-M History
For an overview of 3M's history, including more tales of the tape, visit their Innovation Network.
(URL: www.3m.com/about3m/history/index.jhtml)

Typewriter
Machines to supersede the pen. From the UK Science Museum.
(URL: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/collections/exhiblets/type/start.asp)

The Early Office Museum
Engages in research on the history and evolution of offices, antique office machines and equipment, and business technology based on original documents and artifacts.
(URL: www.officemuseum.com/)

Where did office stuff come from?
Long before Columbus first visited the New World, Aztec Indians living in what is now Mexico used shiny carbon to scratch ceremonial marks on slate and stone. (Rubber erasers, however, would not be discovered for centuries.) What other interesting tales can such everyday objects tell?
(URL: www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/durableRedirect.pl?/durable/1999/03/09/p22s1.htm%20)

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