Artifact Details

Title

"Pray for MULTICS" stamp

Catalog Number

102741036

Type

Physical object

Date

1965 ca.

Dimensions

overall: 2 in x 2 7/8 in x 1 1/2 in

Category

Ephemera/other

Curator Notes

This homemade rubber stamp was used at Bell Laboratories in the 1960s to stamp outgoing mail to the Multics community. The saying was a play on the United States Postal Service’s “Pray for peace” postmark campaign during the Vietnam War. Multics was not a huge commercial success, but was a major influence in the development of computer timesharing. First developed at MIT in 1964, Multics was a joint effort of MIT, Bell Laboratories and General Electric. The last Multics installation was shut down October 30, 2000, at the Canadian Department of National Defense in Halifax.

Credit

Gift of Robert Rathbun

Lot Number

X7114.2014