Artifact Details

Title

Dover Laser Printer

Catalog Number

X750.86

Type

Physical object

Date

1976

Manufacturer

Xerox PARC

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number Dover
Serial number X226-013749

Dimensions

41 1/2 x 68 x 31 7/8 in.

Description

The Dover is sometimes incorrectly described as the world's first laser printer, but Starkweather built earlier laser printers. Gary Starkweather has said, "The Dover actually existed in 1976. The real question is what they mean by "came out." A Dover was certainly running in 1976 but actual multiple copies started coming into existence in 1977. Electro Optical Systems in Pasadena made multiple copies (beyond the three or so PARC built) for general consumption in the 1977-78 timeframe, about 35 in total. But yes, the Dover was running and operational at PARC in 1976. Glad to help if I can. Regards, Gary"

Category

I/O: printer

Subject

Output; 9700

Lot Number

X750.86