Antedating of "Fax"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 11 20:56:32 UTC 2014

fax (OED 1946)

1937 _Baltimore Sun_ 28 Mar. TS5 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  To make facsimile possible, many small details had to be handled by the engineers. ... "Fax" telegrams are received on paper that is "electrically sensitive," dry, and ready to deliver without any developing process.  ... If all, or most, telegrams were to be sent by wire "Fax," the routing would be a major problem.

Fred Shapiro

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