DEC handbooks at LA estate sale
bpettitx at comcast.net
Fri Feb 27 22:23:43 CST 2015
This is actually an IBM Model B typewriter. It is the older predecesor to
And, it is a more reliable and easier to interface device for the enthusiast
to work with. The key is finding an encoder/decoder on the underneath of
the keys. As far as I know, only Soroban made these devices. Judging from
the wires, I would guess that this typer has the Soroban (or equivalent
I already have one, badly in need of rubber replacements. That is the
problem with older typewriters - the rubber breaks down into dry powder.
The model B has a power roller of rubber. It has an individual trip cam for
each physical key, so loss of rubber means nothing works.
I'd guess that this one is from the mid-1960's or older! (I spent many a
long hour trying to keep these machines running, in the late 60's. Can't
say they are fond memories. I do still have all the manuals, and Al has
copied most of them.)
It would be nice to have for the spares, but I don't think it is worth the
trip to purchase. If you do go up, it would be worth $100-150 to me. But
don't make the trip just for the typer.
Thanks for letting me know about it.
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Subject: Re: DEC handbooks at LA estate sale
> There is an IO Selectric of the early type there. Anyone know if it is
> the 1620 console variety?
> Hopefully nudging Billy Pettit in case it would work for what he needs for
> a project.
> No idea whether this will work or not, but here is a link to the image:
> There is a similarly derived link to the Dec books. it is the last photo
> / item in the gallery.
> I would hate to have to be in Brentwood @ 8am Saturday morning, but, it is
> not out of the question for the right incentive.
> On 2/26/2015 11:39 PM, 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
>> It’s the last two pictures at:
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