Artifact Details

Title

Whirlwind Exhibit at Computer History Museum in Boston

Catalog Number

102622512

Type

Still Image

Date

1982-06-10

Participants

The Computer Museum History Center (TCMHC)

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Boston, MA, US

Identifying Numbers

Other number P2055

Dimensions

8 x 10 in.

Format

Photographic print

Description

Black and white. Whirlwind is on exhibition at Computer History Museum (then The Computer Museum) in Boston. Photo panels located in the background behind a fixed head drum unit with wiring and cables attached to it. To the center-right, the core memory stack and arithmetic element. The picture panel shows four people at the Whirlwind installation. A woman is seated at a CRT display, one man seated and two others looking over his shoulder.
Verso label: "Looking more like a scene from a science fiction movie than a computer is the Whirlwind, the first real-time, parallel-processing computer with core memory. It starred on CBS's ""See It Now'" in 1951. Today, it mingles with lesser-known stars at The Computer Museum in Marlboro, Massachusetts. The Museum closed in November to move to Museum Wharf in downtown Boston. It will reopen in fall in 1984."

Category

Publicity photograph

Lot Number

X7413.2015