Artifact Details

Title

IBM 1816 Printer

Catalog Number

X2349.2002

Type

Physical object

Date

c. 1965

Manufacturer

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

Place Manufactured

Armonk, NY, USA

Identifying Numbers

Model number 3
Other number Type 1053

Dimensions

9 1/2 x 20 1/2 in 20 1/2 in.

Description

This is a console typewriter from an IBM mainframe computer. It would be the primary operator I/O station displaying operating system messages and entering operator commands on the keyboard. The console typewriter was the least reliable part of a mainframe and a fault in the temperamental Selectric printer mechanism often caused down-time for the whole system.

Category

I/O : terminal / teletype

Lot Number

X2349.2002