Artifact Details

Title

Airline Agent Set

Catalog Number

102742469

Type

Physical object

Date

Circa 1950

Manufacturer

Teleregister Corporation

Dimensions

overall: 11 1/2 in x 8 in x 19 in

Description

Wires to interconnecting cables have been cut.

Category

I/O/teleprinter/terminal

Curator Notes

This airline agent set from Teleregister is from the early 1950s, and was used in Pan Am’s reservation system. Operators used the keys on the left and in the middle of the device for entering travelers’ requested reservation dates along with entering the number of persons in the traveling party. On the right side were command keys to sell or cancel airplane seating requests, and other keys would query the system regarding flight arrival and departure information. These functions allowed operators to check availability on a number of flights many days beforehand. The Pan-Am reservation system pre-dated another Teleregister product - the Magnetronic Reservisor System, which used magnetic drums to store reservation data.

The first system of this type was installed in Boston by American Airlines in 1946.

Credit

Gift of Mark Howe

Lot Number

X7293.2015