Loyola’s First “Miracle” Photocopier

As the April 22, 1977 Maroon tells it, the arrival of Loyola’s first copy machine was heaven sent.  The front-page news made it clear that prior to the machine’s arrival, faculty would commonly wait for two weeks for copies to be made. With capacity for two copies per second, the Xerox’s arrival on campus promised unprecedented speed and ease of copying. This new technology came at a steep cost, however. The price tag of $85,000 (almost $327,000 in today’s dollars) was a whopper, but as one Loyola staffer was quoted as saying: “If you want a class operation, you have to pay for class.”

Bonus: Xerox’s 1976 “Monk” advertisement:

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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