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IBM 704 Electronic Data Processing System

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B&W, perspective view of two IBM 704 Electronic Data Processing System on light tile, raised floor with vertical blinds wall behind system. Control Unit on right has a man with suit, pushing switches on the panel. A woman in a suit is taking cards out of a card sorter behind the Control Unit on the right. Stairway seen on right background going up to a 1/2 level up glass walled office. Verso: "The large-scale IBM 704 Electronic Data Processing System, designed primarily for scientific and engineering calculations, executes most of its high-powered operations at a rate of 40,000 per second. The machines magnetic core memory stores instructions and problem data, any of which can be located and put to use in millionths of a second. magnetic tapes and drums may be used for additional storage capacity. Magnetic tape input-output units, supplemented by punch card readers, permit masses of data to enter and leave the machine's "memory" at high speed. Auxiliary tape-to-card, card-to-tape, and tape-to-printer operations can be performed with additional IBM equipment." printed in black on a label that has a large yellow spot upper center area of label."IBM 704" in very light black pencil, sideways, vertically in center.




International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)


8 1/8 x 10 in.


Photographic print


Identification photograph; Publicity photograph


IBM 704 (Computer); Computer industry--History; Computers--History; Electronic data processing--History


Courtesy of Gwen Bell

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102641438 IBM 704 Electronic Data Processing System