Mainframe Computer Component, Magnetic Wire Cartridge for the SEAC Computer

Mainframe Computer Component, Magnetic Wire Cartridge for the SEAC Computer

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Description
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.
Object Name
mainframe computer component
date made
ca 1960
maker
National Bureau of Standards
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
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
ID Number
2013.0084.02
accession number
2013.0084
catalog number
2013.0084.02
Credit Line
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Exhibition
My Computing Device
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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