Proclamation 5886 --
the President of the
Saturday, October 22, is the 50th anniversary of Chester F. Carlson's invention of xerographic printing, which has transformed our ability to copy documents quickly. By inventing and developing this process, Carlson did much to increase productivity and efficiency throughout society and to make information more readily available. The profound and enduring achievements of this second-generation American exemplify our national spirit of ingenuity and opportunity, and we can all gladly celebrate them.
Carlson studied physics and law and became fascinated with finding a solution to the need for speedy and inexpensive copies of information. He applied his knowledge of electrophotography to the challenge and created xerography. His genius sparked an indispensable industry in which American businesses, both large and small, are world leaders. This outstanding American inventor continued to serve his country and humanity by supporting and encouraging the activities of many colleges and universities, charities, and causes through the years.
The United States Postal Service is issuing a commemorative stamp in honor of Chester F. Carlson as part of the ``Great American'' series, and it is in the same spirit that all of us pause for a day of national recognition for him.
Congress, by House Joint Resolution 629, has designated
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of October,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
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