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Re: [midatlanticretro] New Big Iron Acquisition - IBM Tabulating Equipment

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  • Chris M
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 15, 2006
      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:
      >
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul01.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul02.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul03.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul04.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul05.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul06.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul07.jpg
      > http://www.ddmx.net/ibm405/ibmHaul08.jpg
      >
      > 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
      > figure...
      >
      > 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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