U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 8

Fri Feb 8, 2013 12:01am EST

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WASHINGTON,  Feb. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily
"Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8: PHOTOCOPYING

Profile America  - Friday, February 8th.  Every time you step up to a
photocopier, you can thank a man named  Chester Carlson, born on this date in
1906.  In 1938, he developed a method of making dry copies of documents on plain
paper, known as xerography - which we take for granted in using photocopiers
today.  Before his invention, copies were made either by using carbon paper when
typing or a mimeograph machine for large numbers of copies.  Both were messy. 
The first commercial copiers became available in 1959.  Now, making copiers is a
 $2.2 billion  a year business in the U.S.  You can find current data on the
country's economy by downloading the new "America's Economy" mobile application
at  www.census.gov/mobile.  

Sources:  2007 Economic Census, NAICS 333315

Profile America  is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the
U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments,
ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at  http://www.census.gov 
(look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).   

SOURCE  U.S. Census Bureau


Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762,
richard.thomas.reed-at-census.gov

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