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IBM 1200 advertisement

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This is a black and white image of an IBM 1200 advertisement against a light gray background. The image shows an artist layout of two IBM posters advertising the 1200 system. The text near the top of the image reads "A." and "B.". The text on the bottom of image reads "NAME OF BANK has ordered the new IBM Series 1200 magnetic ink character sensing equipment. These machines make possible, for the first time, machine processing of paper documents such as checks. We are pleased to be among the first to order this equipment. Now, and in the future, we are determined to continue making available to you the best banking facilities, services, and conveniences, because our progress depends on how well we serve you. the [sic] new IBM Series 1200 brings complete automation to check handling by reading information right from the paper. Under this new system the checks you will use will contain account numbers and other necessary information printed across the lower edge in magnetic ink, which the new IBM machines can read. When the checks come into our bank they go first to the IBM 1201 Proof Inscriber. In addition to automatically listing, distributing, accumulating, balancing and endorsing checks, the 1201 prints the check amount and control information in magnetic ink, which the 1210 Sorter Reader can read. The 1210 automatically sorts the checks and reads required information from them into an IBM data processing system, which automatically updates our customer's accounts and prepares reports for our management." Written blue ink is "6212" and "1440" but "1440" is crossed off in black ink. Written on recto side of image at the bottom left corner is "...ZIZ"


International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

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Other number 6212


8 x 10 in.


Photographic print


Identification photograph; Publicity photograph


International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); IBM 1200 (Computer)


Courtesy of Gwen Bell

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