Category Archives: Paper

Copies, Copies Everywhere

Today in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for a “method of preparing autographic stencils for printing.” The term “mimeograph” to describe this duplicating machine was first used by Albert Blake Dick when he licensed Edison’s patents in 1887. Hillel Schwartz in The Culture … Continue reading

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From Analog to Digital: Bank Checks

Today in 1925, New York banker, George McCarthy received a patent for the Checkograph, the first bank check photographing device and the first practical use of commercial microfilm. In 1928 Eastman Kodak bought McCarthy’s invention and began to market it under … Continue reading

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Storing and Moving Paper

“In 1996, digital storage became more cost-effective for storing data than paper.” Morris and Truskowski, IBM Systems Journal, Vo. 42, No. 2, 2003.

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