Mainframe Computer Component, IBM 7070 Control Box

Description:

Insurance companies have long depended of computing devices for their work. From January of 1963 until mid-August of 1974, Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Company had an IBM 7070 mainframe computer instralled in its data processing department in Washington, D.C. The IBM 7070 was a large transistorized mainframe computer, the business version of the IBM 7090.

This control box for the IBM 7070 has a metal case painted gray, and two rows of plastic switches at the bottom. Theree dials above are marked "DIGIT SELECT", "BASIC (/) DIGIT DISPLAY", and "SYN CR (/) DISPLAY SELECT". A sticker atop the box reads:CPU". There is a metal handle protruding from near the top at the back. Seven arrays of connecting metal pins are at the base of the back.

Date Made: 1963

Maker: IBM

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers

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Credit Line: ACACIA MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY (THROUGH MARTIN M WEAVER AND GEORGE R WALTER)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.0456.02Accession Number: 1977.0456Catalog Number: 336027

Object Name: Mainframe Componentmainframe computer component

Measurements: overall: 11.9 cm x 22.2 cm x 45.8 cm; 4 11/16 in x 8 3/4 in x 18 1/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-34a0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_334808

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