Front panel switches - what did they do?

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Wed May 25 14:35:33 CDT 2016

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> Subject: Re: Front panel switches - what did they do?
> On 05/25/2016 09:01 AM, jwsmobile wrote:
> > McAuto in St. Louis used a lot of the /20's for their printer farm,
> > and that was the only place I ever saw one in use.  They spooled tape
> > to printer in the use it was put to.
> According to WikiP, IBM leased over 7,000 of the 20s, so that would make it a
> contender for volume--I doubt that half as many 1130s were sold.

According to Wikip around 10,000 1130's were sold.

one salesman claims to have sold 1,000.  They were dotted about all over the place, so when I was a Student in the UK Newcastle University had a 360/67. The Polytechnic where I studied had an 1130 as an RJE station, as did Durham University, the "Gas Board", and the British Ship Research Council. Newcastle University also had an 1130 for 

As I have said else where the Institute of Oceanographic sciences had one on a ship, and at Bidston Observatory. There is one preserved at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchly.

which came from Liverpool University....
.. which almost takes us back in a circle, as that link shows the switches and lights.....


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