The first plain paper copier was marketed in 1959 by Xerox. The model 914 weighed some 648 lbs and only made seven copies per minute.
When people think about copiers, most will think that all copy machines made copies onto plain cut sheet paper. Actually there were many manufacturers that manufactured e-stat copiers. Those copiers used rolls of paper that were treated with chemicals to make the liquid or dry toner populate the image on the paper.
As I'm always searching the web for copier information, I've found that a large part of the copier industry is missing from the internet. There is a tremendous amount of data from the nineties and forward, however almost nothing about the copiers and manufacturers of the past from the sixties, seventies and eighties.
My first training as a service tech was on some liquid Apeco and Minolta 101 copiers. By 1982 the vast majority of copiers that I saw in the field were cut sheet plain paper models like the Minolta EP510, the Minolta EP310 (aka IBM 102).
One of my initiatives for the Print4Pay Hotel this year is to gather as much information from that time period and post it on this site. So, for all of you old timers out there or maybe you're the son or daughter of parent that started your dealership, go check your archives and see what you can come up with. We'd love to have them posted here for the future!!!