Reel of Magnetic Tape with COBOL Compiler

Description:

Programs and data were entered into many early computers, including those made by Univac and RCA, using reels of magnetic tape like this one. This particular tape carried a compiler for the programming language COBOL. It was used in December 1960, when a COBOL program first ran successfully on computers made by two different manufacturers. Thus it stands as a symbol of the birth of one of the first common programming languages. Computer programmers would come to expect that different brands of computers ran the same languages. COBOL became a routine tool for business programming.

The reel is marked: UNIVAC. It is also marked: COBOL. A piece of tape attached to the back reads: 12/6/60 UNIVAC COBOL COMPILER 2319 UC.

Date Made: 1960

Maker: Remington Rand Univac

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers, Computers & Business Machines, American Enterprise, COBOL

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Credit Line: Transfer from US Department of Defense

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CI.317980.01Catalog Number: 317980.01Accession Number: 317980

Object Name: software

Measurements: overall: 3/4 in x 8 in x 8 in; 1.905 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-6d89-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1275870

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