Artifact Details


Man demonstrating Sketchpad on the TX-2

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This is a black and white image of a male working in a CAD program on the TX-2 computer. He is wearing a suit and staring at the computer screen and away from the camera. His right hand is holding a light pen. Light is coming from the right side of the image. On verso side of image is a photocopy of the same image with caption that reads "Engineering structure drawing on computer display scope illustrates advances in computer-aided design." Below the caption in text is "In the Lincoln Lab 'Sketchpad' program, a student (full view) operates the TX-2 computer on which has been developed a computer-aided design program. The engineer can draw, erase, magnify and reduce rough portions of a form in front of a console with a light pen (like a stylus). At the same time he has fed pertinent information into the numerical part of the computer. The computer then completes the engineer's design, eliminating quantities of intermediate drawings and tasks of the draftsman." Also in text is "3.7106 1962-1963 Lincoln Lab Photo". Stamped on the bottom right corner in blue lettering is "Credit: The MIT Museum". Written in pencil is "MIT Museum IVAN E Sutherland in photo".


1963 ca.

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Other number 3.7106


8 x 10 in.


Photographic print

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Publicity photograph; Identification photograph


Sutherland, Ivan E.; TX-2 (Computer); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)--History; Computer-aided design


Courtesy of Gwen Bell

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