Bunker-Ramo Corporation Computer Diagarmming Template (Flowcharting Template)

Description
This translucent green flowcharting template has a grid of black lines, with twenty-four symbols cut out of it. Three additional cutouts are along the edges. Symbols are not labeled. A six-inch scale along the bottom of the template is divided to sixths of an inch. One along the top is divided to tenths of an inch. Text on the template reads: COMPUTER DIAGRAMMING TEMPLATE. Further text reads: THE BUNKER-RAMO CORPORATION.
Bunker-Ramo Corporation formed in 1964 as an electronic information-handling company, joining together the electronics system and products division of the Martin-Marietta Corporation, the Teleregister Corporation, and the computer division of Thompson Ramo Wooldridge. One early achievement of the company was a bibliographic system known as RECON developed for NASA. In 1981, the firm was acquired by Allied Corporation.
This template closely resembles one shown in a 1963 catalog of RapiDesign, Inc. of Burbank, California. It sold at the time for $2.50
References:
William Mitchell, “The Genesis of NASA RECON,” The History and Heritage of Scientific and Technological Information Systems, ed. W. Boyd Rayward and Mary Ellen Bowden, Medford, NJ: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2004, pp. 228-245.
Robert J. Cole, “Allied Pays $358 Million for Bunker,” New York Times, May 12, 1981, p. D1.
RapiDesign, Inc., Drafting Templates Catalogue No. 70, Burbank, California, 1963, p. 14.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1965
maker
Bunker-Ramo Corporation
place made
United States: California, Burbank
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .1 cm x 17.5 cm x 10 cm; 1/32 in x 6 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
1996.3015.03
catalog number
1996.3015.03
nonaccession number
1996.3015
Credit Line
Gift of Joan P. Nichols
subject
Mathematics
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Flowcharting Templates
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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