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FLEXOWRITER PUNCH TAPE CODING MACHINE, 1950's
Able to punch cards or tape using 5 bit code (tape has five readable holes per character). Its uses included fast transmission of telegraphy messages, paymaster data storage, or control of automatic equipment in a factory.
Donated by John Hutton
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- You might like to know that the 'typewriter' part of this machine is an IBM Model 'B' electric typewriter. I am a typewriter engineer and in the late 1970's I bought a later version of this machine (based on the IBM 'C')at auction for very little. Using parts from a scrapped IBM, I converted it into an IBM 'C' model electric typewriter which I sold on. The amount of micro switches and solenoids that I had to remove from inside the machine was unbelievable. I still have some !
.......... Tom Lucas, Luton, 7th of June 2013
- I used one of these in the early 70's at my place of work to make several copies of a price list on a regular basis. Once you can produced a tape of the copy required you could run the tape through as many times as required to produce a print out.
.......... Mike Goodall, Cambridgeshire, UK, 11th of November 2010