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IBM’s Small Business Computer

IBM System/32

This single-user system had a keyboard, printer, floppy disk drive and up to 13MB of disk storage. A tiny six-line CRT display showed information to the operator.

IBM’s Small Business Computer

Ten years after its engineering-oriented 1130, IBM produced another computer in a desk—this time for small businesses.

The 1975 System/32 came with prepackaged software for applications such as accounting. A clerk could operate it from a typewriter-like keyboard with very little training.

Ferrara Meat Company, San Jose, California

Ferrara, a family-owned wholesale butcher in San Jose, used the System/32 to process accounts receivable, payables, inventory, production reports and general ledger for 20 years, until it closed in 1998.

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IBM System/32 QUERY Language brochure

Users could easily generate a database report, such as a listing of customer orders. This was one of many software packages for the System/32.

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