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Fast Fax Facts: A Brief History of the Fax Machine

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by eFax Team

The fax machine has a much longer history than you might think! Invented back in 1843 by Alexander Bain, the "Electric Printing Telegraph" was the world's first faxing device. Since then, faxing has transformed many times. At the beginning of the 20th century, the AT&T Corporation advanced the technology by faxing via wire transmission. Soon after, The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) successfully transmitted a wireless fax across the Atlantic Ocean.

Over the past 75 years, fax transmission time has reduced from an average of six minutes to an average of one minute. The classic "fax machine" of the 1980s has also become obsolete, and faxes are now routinely sent from computers, smartphones or tablets.

Step into the 21st century of faxing with eFax! Simply snap a photo of your document and digitally sign the fax right on your iOS or Android device, then send along to anywhere in the world with the tap of a button. Faxing has never been easier than it is now! Sign up for eFax today and see for yourself.

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