Albert Dick

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Albert Blake Dick (April 16, 1856 – August 15, 1934) was a businessman who founded the A.B. Dick Company, a major American copier and office supply company of the 20th Century.[1] He coined the word "mimeograph."[2]

Dick attended school in Galesburg, Illinois, then worked successively for the Brown manufacturing company, Deere & Mansur, and the Moline Lumber Company. He founded the A. B. Dick Company in 1883; it was originally a lumber company before branching into office supplies.[1]

Dick lived in Lake Forest, Illinois.[1] His son Sheldon relied on the Dick fortune in support of his career in publishing, photography, and film.


  1. ^ a b c "Men of Affairs". Chicago Evening Post. 1906. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Owen, David (2004). Copies in seconds: how a lone inventor and an unknown company created the biggest communication breakthrough since Gutenberg: Chester Carlson and the birth of the Xerox machine. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 44.
  • Glen Buck. Fifty Years 1884-1834, A.B. Dick Company. (Chicago, IL: A.B. Dick Company, c1934). Note: "Written by Glen Buck, with drawings by Rockwell Kent and photographs by Torkel Korling. This book was made at Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1934. "

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