1950s TV computers

Bob Rosenbloom bobalan at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 2 22:41:34 CST 2016

On 3/2/2016 5:41 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> I've been having fun looking at TV programs that I watched when the 
> family had a 17" monochrome RCA set.  At any rate, here's one such 
> about a guy who gets shocked by a computer:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-pfWhehSB4
> Note that, about 3:20 in, the guy doing the troubleshooting on the 
> system pulls a faulty tube and gives it to his companion for 
> replacement.  "12AY7" is what he says, but hands the other guy an 
> octal tube--the 12AY7 is a 9-pin sub-miniature.  (TV had goofs even 
> then). Other than the IBM Model B electric typewriters, there doesn't 
> seem to be much to see.  From 1955.
> Here's another one from 1956:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33OFJEWUgQE
> This involves a mechanical translating machine that's been adapted to 
> diagnose and prescribe treatment for diseases.  There, you can see the 
> same IBM typewriters, as well a couple of keypunches (IBM 024/6?) and 
> bunches of tape drives that I don't recognize. "Memory coils", anyone? 
>  The strange thing is that years later, I met up with a fellow who had 
> worked with Gerald Salton on the nascent SMART system that, I believe, 
> eventually morphed into MEDLARS.
> Stuff from a time when men wore hats and women wore dresses.
> --Chuck

Looks like a Bendix G15 at about 2:03 in the second video.

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