DEC handbooks at LA estate sale

Johnny Billquist bqt at
Fri Feb 27 15:24:19 CST 2015

On 2015-02-27 20:57, Ian S. King wrote:
>   I believe the PDP-1 used a Flexowriter.  I suspect DEC would have used an
> IBM product over Ken Olsen's dead body.  :-)

I don't think KO had such an anti-IBM view, especially not back then.
There were definitely some IBM equipment and technology used by DEC, 
such as card punches and formats. DEC was very keen on connectivity with 
IBM equipment, and I think some early disk technology was probably IBM 
stuff as well.


> On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:27 AM, Pontus Pihlgren <pontus at>
> wrote:
>> That IBM typewriter on picture 347 looks like something more than just a
>> typwriter, could it be a terminal? Like the one on a PDP-1?
>> /P
>> On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:39:58PM -0800, Brendan Shanks wrote:
>>> Just a heads up for anyone around Los Angeles, I was browsing some local
>> estate sale listings and saw one that had a big collection of DEC handbooks
>> from the late-70s/80s: logic, software, microcomputer, peripherals, VAX
>> software source book, VAX Architecture/Hardware/Software.
>>> It’s the last two pictures at:
>> <
>>> Brendan

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