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TYPE 026 CARD PUNCH (1949)

TYPE 026 CARD PUNCH (1949)

Truly, a blast from the past. Long before we walked around with touchscreen keyboards, computers had to receive input through punched holes in cards. Here we have an IBM 026, announced in 1949. The heart of the 024 and 026 keypunches was a set of twelve...
IBM 1401(1959)

IBM 1401(1959)

The 1401 is considered to be the first fully transistorised computer of the mainframe era. Over 12,000 units were produced; many were leased or resold after they were replaced with newer technology. The 1401 was withdrawn from IBM sales catalogues on February...
Big Magnetic Drum

Big Magnetic Drum

Now here’s a big magnetic drum – this thing, roughly the size of a small washing machine (and weighing far, far more), used to be the standard method for storing data. This has individual read/write heads…
THE MICROBEE SYSTEM (1982)

THE MICROBEE SYSTEM (1982)

The Microbee system was designed and developed in Australia. The descendant of S-100 systems, it was originally sold as a DIY kit, but went on to become a prefabricated staple in Aussie classrooms and home offices….
1950’s computing

1950’s computing

IBM 26 card punch (1950)Slide rules – Fuller cylindrical, Hemi, circular, special purpose etc Calculating aids – Tamaya Planix 5000 planimeter Mechanical Calculators – 1930s Comptometer, Curta, Contex, Facit, Odhner Electrical calculators – 1930 NCR...