possible dec equipment

William Maddox wmaddox at pacbell.net
Fri Apr 1 20:49:51 CST 2005

--- Heinz Wolter <h.wolter at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> that's a pdp1 front panel and tty, no? ;) april
> fools?
> h

Yes it is a PDP-1.  But it is well-documented that
the major customer for the PDP-1 was ITT, who used it
for a teleprinter switching application.  This
does look like an April Fool's joke, however.
That console typewriter looks too clean. Even
more suspicious is that the console typewriter is
sitting next to what appears to be the graphics
scope.  There are several pictures on the net of
PDP-1s in museum exhibits that look like this, but
in all the old photos, it looks like the typewriter
was likely to be on a table attached to the CPU
cabinet.  It is also dubious that the teletype
switch application would use a graphics scope at all.
Also, the picture of the internals shows a machine
in a non-standard white cabinet that strongly
the prototype PDP-1 at the CHM.  The whole thing
smells fake, but I sent the guy a serious response
anyway indicating the value of the find.


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