RCA Electronic Data Processing Flowcharting Template

RCA Electronic Data Processing Flowcharting Template

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Description
This clear plastic flowcharting template has a grid of lines marked on it., with some line segments darkened to assist in aligning the symbols on a flowchart. Many of the twenty-six symbols are labeled. A scale of printer spacing runs from 0 to 90 across the top and a scale of card volume runs from 0 to 450 on the left. The white paper envelope holding the template explains many of the symbols. A mark on the bottom right reads: ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING RCA (/) 28-00-108. A reference mentioned on envelope is: RCA EDP Manual, Flow Charting Standards for Information Processing, 97-05-001.
RCA sold computers from 1958 until 1971. It had embraced the flow chart [sic] as a tool of industrial design by 1960.
Reference:
RCA Engineer, vol. 6, #4, December 1960-January 1961. This issue of the magazine includes several flow charts.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Logic Template
date made
ca 1960
ca 1965
maker
RCA Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .1 cm x 10.5 cm x 25.8 cm; 1/32 in x 4 1/8 in x 10 5/32 in
ID Number
1996.3015.01
catalog number
1996.3015.01
nonaccession number
1996.3015
Credit Line
Gift of Joan P. Nichols
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I worked for Chase Manhattan Bank from 1965-66 and we were using machine code and Fortran on RCA301 hardware. The RCA flowcharting template was used to document the code. Sometimes the flowcharts were done in advance of the code, but not always.

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