Artifact Details


Leprechaun - Bell Labs Digital Computer

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Still image


B&W image of two men looking at a part of the BelLab's Leprechaun computer.
Metadata:" Public Relations Photo Service (201) 582-5661
Subject: Computeras
General - Leprechaun Number B 1355/0-6
Date Taken: 1957
Source: Release, May 27, 1957

Background Information: J.A. Githens and J.A. Baird of Bell Telephone Laboratories check the control panel of Leprechaun, a new high speed digital computer. Developed under Air Force contract, this extremely flexible electronic computer is distinguished by its low power and small size. One outstanding feature of the computer is that it can be used as a test model for research on digital computers designed for military applications. Proposed designs can be laboratory tested without building new equipment by reconnecting Leprechaun's components to simulate the desired apparatus. While LEPRECHAUN is still in the experimental stage, the techniques developed are expected to have many future applications.

Verso: black stamp: " This print is Job B-1355 Sheet Freame 11"


1957 ca.


Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.

Identifying Numbers

Other number #1615 Verso pencil
Other number 25-4-22 Verso inkl - crossed out
Other number 253 Verso pencil - crossed out - paper sticker
Other number 6.1.3-5 Verso ink - crossed out - paper sticker
Other number B1355/0-11 Verso pencil -


overall: 10 in x 8 in


Publicity photograph


Courtesy of Gwen Bell

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