Xerox’s first commercially successful copy machine was introduced in 1959 and came with a feature you won’t find on many modern pieces of office equipment: a fire extinguisher to put it out when it–frequently–lit on fire.
The Xerox 914 was ground breaking at the time it was introduced, could make 136 copies per hour, and remains one of Xerox’s most successful products to date.
At the time of it’s release it was a wonder of modern office wizardry. It only had one significant flaw; the 914 was prone to overheating and would not, as modern machines do, shut down when overheated but instead often catch fire. This was so common an occurrence that the unit actually shipped with a companion fire extinguisher, which Xerox–with an impossible straight face, we can only imagine–called a “scorch eliminator”. You can’t make this stuff up.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 04/21/11