Bound Printout from COBOL Test Program Run December 6, 1960, at RCA

COBOL was one of the first programming languages designed to run on computers built by several different manufacturers. In December 1960 programmers at Remington Rand UNIVAC and at RCA successfully ran the same COBOL test programs on a Univac II and an RCA 501 computer.
This is the printout from the RCA demonstration. It contains two programs. One produces a profit and loss report for a corporation. It is a modification of a program developed by Warren G. Simmons of US Steel for a UNIVAC II.
According to the printout, the actual program used in the test was written by J. Farinelli. This was probably programmer Joseph D. Farinelli of US Steel. The second program, which computes cash sales and credit balances, was written by Carl H. Thorne Jr. of the General Services Administration for an RCA computer.
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Object Name
date made
RCA Corporation
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 16 in x 2 5/16 in; 30.48 cm x 40.64 cm x 5.842 cm
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Cherry Hill
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Computers & Business Machines
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Courtesy of Howard Bromberg
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Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:44:39 AM
J. Farinelli (Joseph) was my dad. I remember him talking about this very important project that his group was working on. He used to travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia often. He taught me to flow chart when I was just a kid!
10/23/2015 8:11:00 PM
Rob Thorne
Carl H Thorne Jr. was my dad. The run date on this program, December 6, 1960, indicates he was only 29 years old at the time. The strange coincidence here is that this date is exactly 6 years (to the day) before the day I was born!
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