I/O Selectric Typewriter

Billy Pettit Billy.Pettit at wdc.com
Tue Dec 12 19:02:32 CST 2006


Many of the computer systems of the 1960's and and early 70's used the IBM
Selectric typewriter as a console device.  A few even used it as a
peripheral (ex. IBM 2741). 

The typewriters were not standard office machines.  They had a series of
switches indicating status, key strike, end of line, etc.  They also had
solenoids on the control bars, and a timing distributor.

I've been looking for one of these modified Selectrics for several months.
Does anyone in this group have one they would be willing to sell or trade?
Or knows where one is available?

Billy



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