I passed this on to a former IBM rep at work, and he sent this...
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Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 17:16:13 -0500
Subject: Re: Trying to ID IBM Dataprocessing system
Ah, indeed it does. It was a model of IBM OS/6 (Office System 6). I still
have a necktie from that era which shows a design of a "six" created from the
combination of a "magnetic card" and a diskette!
This model went for about $20grand as I recall, but most customers, leased or
There were several other models, including some with no printer at all, just a
It was the first (probably debatable) "office" machine that could do "records
processing", i.e. database like functions but doable by secretarial types. We
came up with all kinds of apps!! I once babysat one over in Business Services
(printer only) who some Ag prof had doing a mass mailing to 60,000 people!
Admissions had one, Commonwealth Campus office had one, Student Affairs had
one, Accuweather had a system (not inkjet, but printwheel model) and probably
others if I thought long enough.
I could go on, but it just makes me feel old!
At 05:00 PM 3/3/2008, you wrote:
> Steve, does this sound familiar at all?
> Mike Loewen mloewen@...
> Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/
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> Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 16:53:35 -0500
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> Subject: [midatlanticretro] Trying to ID IBM Dataprocessing system (paging
> When I started here back in 1984 we were using what we called an IBM System
> I can't seem to find any mention of this beastie anywhere.
> It was a large console with 2 pedestals. The right hand one had 2 8" disk
> drives. The left one was probably all electronics. The keyboard was very
> similar to the selectric. The screen was a 9" green CRT with very high
> qualtiy lettering.
> The best feature was the attached printer. It held 500 or 1000 sheets of
> paper with matched envelopes. It would merge your data on one 8" disk with
> the letter on the other 8" disk and print matching pairs of envelopes and
> letters. The printer was about the size of two 5 drawer file cabinents, and
> used an inkjet print head.
> Can anyone actually ID this unit.