Artifact Details

Title

F5000 dual printer accounting machine

Catalog Number

102733881

Type

Physical object

Manufacturer

Burroughs Corporation

Place Manufactured

Detroit, Mich.

Identifying Numbers

Model number F5000 Label on back

Dimensions

overall: 14 in x 31 1/2 in x 26 1/2 in

Description

Object is an accounting machine. At two points it has the word "Sensimatic", unknown if that is a model or series name, or just a feature. The keyboard offers 10 columns of digit keys 1-9 in the center. On the left is a column of month-abbreviation keys ("JAN", "FEB" etc), then a column for entering days of the month, 1-9 plus 10, 20 and 30. Next are two columns for entering common percent and digit values and a number of two-letter function abbreviations. On the right are some miscellaneous large function keys.

The machine has two banks of printing elements, columns that rise to position letters behind a ribbon to print on the platen. Based on a sample sheet that was in the machine (bagged and attached) it can print digits, commas, dollar-signs, and the three-letter abbreviations of the months ("JAN" and "SEP" are visible on the sample). One sheet that was found under the platen has a table like a file listing ("*.BAS") with full alphanumeric, but this was probably scrap paper from a computer printer being re-used for testing.

Category

Calculator/electromechanical