On collecting printers...

dwight elvey dkelvey at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 27 22:19:22 CST 2008

> Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 14:29:14 -0800> From: tsw-cc at johana.com> To: cctech at classiccmp.org> CC: > Subject: RE: On collecting printers...> > On a previous message, dwight elvey <dkelvey at hotmail.com> said:> > > Hi> > Does anyone know which Centronix ( sp?) printer the 36 pin connector> > for parallel printers became standard?> > Dwight> > It seems that they started using it in the mid 70's. The connector was an> Amphenol 36 pin "micro-ribbon" type, one of the various sizes available. As a> point of reference IEEE-488 (HPIB) standardized on a 24 pin version of the> connector, and the phone company (It was called the Bell System in those days)> used a 50 pin version for their cabling of telephones (25 pair cables as well).> The connectors were pretty common, and worked VERY well, as the wiping> contacts were ultra reliable. In the lab where I was working at the time had> standardized on the 50 pin version for connecting things together (this was in> the mid 60's). So, the connector has been around for quite a while.> 
 The oldest I have is an Epson belt printer. It is older
than my Cnetronix 306 ( or is that 603, I forget ).
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