Re: [midatlanticretro] New Big Iron Acquisition - IBM Tabulating Equipment
- Good luck with all that. Yes you might want to invest
in or build some sand casting equipment. I wouldn't
mind stopping by to take a look at it (sorry to say
that isn't an offer to help unfortunately - I don't
live in the area).
--- "Anthony L.Eros" <tony.eros@...> wrote:
> The Museum of Business History and Technology in
> Wilmington, DE is proud to announce the arrival of
> its latest little bundles of joy, an IBM 405
> Accounting Machine and an IBM 513 Reproducing Punch.
> The 405 weighed in at a hefty 1000 lbs, while the
> 513 is a relatively svelte 400 or so.
> Pictures of the blessed event are available:
> Birth announcement euphamisms aside, this was a
> pretty cool find. The systems came with 405 & 513
> schematics -- blueprints, really; 405 & 513 service
> records and a 513 CE guide. The 405 also has five
> programmed plugboards (the system was originally
> owned by a liquor distributor in Madison, WI) with
> various sales reports, as well as a blank board.
> Both machines are in very rough condition, as you
> can see from the pictures. As it turns out, I spoke
> to a guy in Green Bay a while back (prompted by a
> mail list posting) whose brother was selling some
> property. On the property was a barn; and in the
> barn was, you guessed it, old IBM tabulating
> equipment. The plugboards even had hay on them! On
> the other hand, the wiring bundles actually look
> pretty un-nibbled by various critters, so go
> What's next? Any retired IBM customer engineers out
> there with an interest in helping to restore these
> machines? Restoring the 405 looks to be an enormous
> task, but with a very high coolness factor.
> Does anyone know of another organization that has
> restored one of these?
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