Mainframe Computer Component, Magnetic Wire Cartridge for the SEAC Computer


This metal cartridge contains wire used to enter programs on the SEAC computer. A paper ring atop the cartridge lists programs on it. The object is mounted on a wooden backing with a metal plaque that describes the contents of the cartridge.

A wire cartridge was used to enter data onto the SEAC from at least 1954. The machine went out of service in 1964. This is not the first version of the demonstration cartridge. Hence the date assigned.

Date Made: ca 1960

Maker: National Bureau of Standards

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

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

Exhibition: My Computing Device

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Vicki Stauffacher

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0084.02Accession Number: 2013.0084Catalog Number: 2013.0084.02

Object Name: mainframe computer component

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)paper (overall material)tape (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 cm x 25.4 cm x 30.5 cm; 1 31/32 in x 10 in x 12 in


Record Id: nmah_1441566

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