First commercial fax machine
Who
Xerox Corporation's Long Distance Xerography (LDX) machine
What
first
Where
Not Applicable ()
When
1964
The first fax machine was invented by Alexander Bain (UK) in 1846, when he used an electro-chemical machine to reproduce graphic signs over a wire in his lab. However, the first commercial fax machine that plugs into a telephone network was not established until a hundred years later. The Xerox Corporation's Long Distance Xerography (LDX) machine was introduced to the market in 1964, but was very expensive and notoriously difficult to operate. Two years later in 1966, Xerox sold the Magnafax – capable of connecting to any standard telephone line and transmitting or receiving a letter-sized document in around six minutes.