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World Inventory of IBM 1401 Machines

Table of Contents
- Population of IBM 1401s world wide
- List of all known existing IBM 1401 major components world wide with:
- Notes & e-mails
- Serial Numbers of found IBM 1401s
- 1401's as the targets

Population of IBM 1401s world wide


IBM Archives in Somers
LPCU = "Lease Plan Control Units"

from Maurice Papo
see Note 01


from Maurice Papo
see Note 01


monthly census reports published in the
Computer & Automation newsletter
from the late 1950s (fit on a half a page)
until 1972 (too many to count).

List of all known existing IBM 1401 major components world wide

Location Owner Picture ID Devices Condition Contact
Info from
Mountain View,
CA, USA
Computer
History
Museum
in 1401 restoration
German
SN # 28421
1401, 1402, 1403, 1406, 3- 729 working Contact -
Info from - Robert Garner
Mountain View,
CA, USA
Computer
History
Museum
in 1401 restoration
Connecticut
SN # 25478
1401, 1402, 1403, 1406, 4- 729 and many more in storage
working Contact -
Info from - Robert Garner Robert Garner
Mountain View,
CA, USA
Computer
History
Museum
in storage
was "Visible Storage" 1401, 1402, 1403 Frank says cables cut Contact -
Info from - .
Mountain View,
CA, USA
Computer
History
Museum
in storage
SAP 1401, 1402, & red 1403 - Contact -
Info from -
Boeblingen,
Germany
.
Van Snyder's slide show (photos taken at Sindelfingen)
SN 25623-C2 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405?, 1406? maybe RAMAC 350?, 1407, four 729's, and a 2311. working Contact - ? Paul Lasewicz ?
Info from - Van Snyder
Sindelfingen collection was moved to Boeblingen
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia web site
. 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1406, 4ea 7330 .. Contact -
Info from - Van Snyder, via Robert Garner
Sydney, Australia Australia Computer Society Museum
http://www.acms.org.au/
. 1-1401 (cables cut), 1-729, in temporary storage . Contact - John Deane, jdeane@ihug.com.au
Info from - John Deane
IBM Sao Paulo Solutions Center
Sao Paulo
Brazil
.

. 1401 . Contact -
Info from - J.Robinson
picture: John Skinner
as per Robert Garner
Sao Paulo, Brazil Computer Museum - Brazil . 1401 (cables cut), 2x 1403 (red and blue) . Contact - Breno Valle
web site

Great Britain
Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum Collection

from Flicker
. 1401 (cables cut),
1402,
1403
.. Contact -
Info from - John Adams

New Zealand
"New Zealand Railway" (lobby)
. . 1401, .. Contact -
Info from - Van Snyder, via Robert Garner
Auckland,
New Zealand
Museum of Transport and Technology
. . 1401, .. Contact -
Info from - Van Snyder, via Robert Garner
40 Washington Ave
Endicott,
N.Y. USA
"Old Village of Union Historical Society, on loan from IBM Archives"
"Endicott History & Heritage Center"
Hours, Every Saturday 10am-2pm
Closed January and February
facebook
. 1401 (cables cut) & 1403 Contact - Ted Warner, twendicott@aol.com President, Old Village Of Union Historical Society, 607-727-2503
Info from - Georgia A. Burbidge
(Jud) McCarthy
Susan Sherwood
. IBM Archives . 1401 (cables cut), 1403 "bad shape" "tired warrior" Contact -
Info from - Paul Lasewicz (IBM Historian)
as per Robert Garner
Rosedale, Australia Personal collection of Susan & David Vigor family . 1401, 1403
IBM 7090
. Contact -
Info from - Ian King, via Robert Garner
Center for Technology & Innovation
Binghamton, NY 13901
donated by Paul Pierce
Portland,Oregon, USA
Center for Technology & Innovation
Binghamton, NY 13901

BillGreen FredPetras JackWestermann BobLusch ErikAdler JimUlrich NickHekman DonManning
Serial #s
1401 21264
1402 21135
1403 13396
1406
729 13184
729 13204
729 13206
729 13249
729 30022
729 30023
IBM 1401 1402, 1403, 1406, 6 dual-connected 729s, all blue. Complete cables, docs etc. . Contact - Center for Technology & Innovation
Info from - Paul Pierce
"from US DOD logistics agency near Phoenix where it ran in support of an IBM 7080 system."
Living Computer Museum Seattle, Washington, USA Living Computer Museum Seattle, Washington, USA
?? from Vigor family in Australia ?? which had an IBM 7090

from Carl Claunch
. 1401 + ??? ? - very rusty Contact -
Info from - Carl Claunch
. . . . . . Contact -
Info from -

Notes & e-mails

Note 01, from M. Papo
At that time the responsibility split was clear and simple
DPD is USA
WTC is the rest of the world
points were the usual maketing mesure.. no idea of split between minimal and complex systems. I am prettu sure however that the numbers are for the 1401 central unit alone since the printer/ tapes etc.. were accounted under their own number and since the 1401 had few options the average should be enough to understand the market penetration.

... charts came from the US for a simple reason, they are draw on a chart paper which was not in use in Europe!

From: joerobin@us.ibm.com
To: jhmccarthy@aol.com
Sent: 4/5/2013 9:46:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: I found another one for you

In the lobby in Brazil 1401. (See attached file: IMG_4880.JPG)(See attached file: IMG_4878.JPG)

Joseph D. Robinson
Distinguished Engineer - Integrated Communications & Networking SSA
Enterprise Network / Solutioning / B&P / Health Check / Crit Sit
Phone 919-254-4294
Cell Phone 919-244-6839

from Georgia A. Burbidge

Hello, Robert.

Just a point of clarification. All the machines that are now on display a few blocks from the Endicott site, on Washington Avenue, including a 1401 and 1403, are IBM owned assets that are on an extended loan to the Old Village of Union Historical Society. Ted Warner is their current board President.

Paul Lasewicz and I, as the Endicott site Program Manager, will continue to ensure the collection is appropriately and contractually maintained.

Georgia

Justin (Jud) McCarthy
251 SW 9th Ave
Boca Raton, FL 33486
Home (561)391-1422 Cell: (561)504-7048

In a message dated 4/9/2013 4:09:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, JHMcCarthy@aol.com writes: Robert: If you are pulling together a list of all the 1401 & 1403 units around the world, don't forget IBM has one of each in Endicott. Unfortunately, they do not function and the associated large I/O cables are sawed off. However, the good news is that the gates are fully populated

From: director@ctandi.org
To: JHMcCarthy@aol.com
Sent: 4/8/2013 10:45:22 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: compiling a list of surviving 1401s (was Re: I found another one for you ...

Yes, there is both a 1401 and 1403 in the Plant # 1 Collection, which is now located on Washington Ave in Endicott. There was a soft opening this fall, and it will open for regular hours in MAy.

Contact is Ted Warner, twendicott@aol.com

Best,
Susan

from John Skinner

I was doing a workshop at the super modern IBM solutions center in Sao Paulo Brazil, and there in pride of place I saw this beast!!... Perhaps you should do a mosaic of photos for all the 1401 on show at IBM centers across the world......

from Van Snyder April 11, 2013
the Sindelfingen system is listed as having 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405 and 1407. It doesn't have a 1405, rather a 1406. It also has four 729's, and a 2311.

According to Rolf Ziegler < Ziegler-Boeblingen@t-online.de > (who ought to be the "info" reference), much of the Sindelfingen collection (especially the 1401) has been moved to the IBM Technology Center in Boeblingen, just the other side of the Autobahn.

I have photos of my 2010 and 2011 visits to HzG, and my 2011 visit to John Zabolitzky's collection (including a 705 that, alas, doesn't work), at

http://picasaweb.google.com/wvsnyder

I don't object if you want to put one of the Sindelfingen 1401 photos in the inventory page. [ Thanks much :-)), I'm now using one. Ed Thelen ]

Van

Robert Garner from Robert Garner April 11, 2013
Here's a photo of the 1401 in the IBM archives that Frank & I saw back in 2008, at that time in Fishkill. It's almost too sad to look at. It appears as though it was modified for some other purpose.

I now wonder if there's another behind it?

from Robert Garner April 11, 2013
Also, Van had found another large 1401 system stored in the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=261786&search=1401&images=&c=&s=

Looks like it clearly has cables. Note strange yellow color.

The inventory list shows there's a 1405 (although I don't spot the 1405 in their pic, which you can zoom in on at the website)

===> Van,

from Robert Garner April 11, 2013
-----------------------------
Ed,

I've rediscovered the "swiss 1401" in a 2007 email:  it's actually in a New Zealand Railway Museum!
And there's apparently another 1401 on display in an Auckland train museum - info below. 
...

Did you ever contact Noel Coom (or track down the 1401 in Auckland?)

> His e-mail address is: Noel Coom  if you would
> like to contact him yourself.
>
> He said that the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland has the
> IBM 1401 from the railway on display. 

- Robert

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Robert B Garner 
> Subject: [1401_team] Re: Yet another 1401?
> Date: March 15, 2007 7:06:05 PM PDT
> To: van.snyder@jpl.nasa.gov
> Cc: 1401 Restoration Team <1401_team@computerhistory.org>
> Reply-To: IBM 1401 Restoration Team List <1401_team@computerhistory.org>
>
> A list for participants in the IBM 1401 Restoration at the Computer History Museum. 
 Permission is hereby granted to the Museum to use the content for any purpose.
> ===================================================================
>
>
> Van,
>
> Thx for the two 1401 hits in two museums!
>
> I see that the Sydney Powerhouse Museum has a 1405 too:
>
> -1 Mainframe, Central Processing Unit, IBM 1401
> -2 Magnetic tape unit and spools, IBM 7330
> -3 Card Punch Reader, IBM 1402
> -4 Printer, IBM 1403
> -5 Disk storage unit, IBM 1405
> -6 Magnetic tape unit and spools, IBM 7330
> -7 Magnetic tape unit and spool, IBM 7330 ]
> -8 Magnetic tape unit and spool, IBM 7330.
> -9 Transformer for CPU
> -10 Cables, punchcards, computer paper, and manuals for IBM1401 series
>
> I'll send an email to the guy (Coom) associated with the
> Museum of Transport and Technology in New Zealand.
>
> - Robert
>
> p.s.  We're going to have to start a DB of 1401's "out there".
> I know of several others too in museums, for example there's one in a Brazilian museum.
> And then plan a world "cruise".  ;-)
>
>
> IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
> Office:  408-927-1739
> Mobile: 408-679-0976
> robgarn@us.ibm.com
>
>
>
>
> Van Snyder 
>
> 03/15/2007 06:17 PM
> Please respond to
> van.snyder@jpl.nasa.gov
>
> 	
> To
> 	Robert B Garner/Almaden/IBM@IBMUS
> cc
> 	
> Subject
> 	Yet another 1401?
>
> 	
>
>
>
>
> Robert:
>
> I noticed what appears to be yet another 1401, or a substantial number
> of pieces of one, at the Powerhouse museum in Sidney, Australia:
>
> http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?
> irn=261786&search=1401&images=&c=&s=
>
> Uniquely, they have some of the crappy slow 7330 tape drives.
>
> Best regards,
> Van
> ----- Forwarded by Robert B Garner/Almaden/IBM on 03/15/2007 05:58 PM -----
> Van Snyder 
>
> 03/15/2007 05:37 PM
> Please respond to
> van.snyder@jpl.nasa.gov
>
> 	
> To
> 	Robert B Garner/Almaden/IBM@IBMUS
> cc
> 	
> Subject
> 	Re: [1401_team] Answers to BBC questions 
>
> 	
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, 2007-03-15 at 17:22 -0700, Robert B Garner wrote:
> > > for example the 1401 in the lobby of the New Zealand National
> > Railway?
> >
> > Can you say more about this system?
> > Story, web site, picture, email contact, etc.?
>
> Here's a letter I got from Sui-Ling Ming-Wong
>  on Fri Apr 26 20:55:59 2002:
>
>
> Hi Van,
>
> I'm Sui-Ling, Geoff Wyvill's assistant. I have tracked down a person by
> the name of Noel Coom (General Manager of Tranz Rail) whose
> father-in-law (?) helped set up an IBM 1401 for New Zealand Railway in
> the 60's. I have forwarded to him your request to Geoff and hopefully he
> (or rather his secretary!) will be able to give you more information.
> His e-mail address is: Noel Coom  if you would
> like to contact him yourself.
>
> He said that the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland has the
> IBM 1401 from the railway on display.
>
> Apparently the University of Otago did have an IBM but never an IBM 1401
> according to our former Head of Dept. Computer Science, Brian Cox.
>
> Hope this is of some help.
>
> Cheers
> Sui-Ling
>
>
> I don't have any record of correspondence with Noel Coom.
>
> Best regards,
> Van
>
> _______________________________________________

Ian King, via Robert Garner April 11, 2013
Ed,

Here are the only two photos that Ian King took of Susan Vigor's 
1401 & 1403 when inspecting her 7090 down under.

Could list as "Personal collection of Susan & David Vigor family, 
Rosedale, Australia. 
Part of 7090 system in storage (orig Australian Defense Dept)"

from John Deane

http://www.acms.org.au/
ACMS Inc
P O Box S - 5,
Homebush South, NSW, 2140
Australia

A couple of photos (I can't recall who sent them when I asked):
I suspect the cables have been cut...

>> Strictly the "Australian Computer Museum Society" 
as we still don't have a museum, unfortunately.
Regards,

John

John Deane
President, Australian Computer Museum Society Inc / ABN 89 972 080 502
/ ACMS is a Tax Office endorsed Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient
Web www.acms.org.au
Em jdeane@ihug.com.au

Sindelfingen collection moved to Boeblingen from Paul Lasewicz, Thu, Apr 18, 2013
Greetings all! This is to let you know that the building that housed the Sindelfingen collection has been sold, and that the artifacts were moved in March onto the IBM Boeblingen site, where they continue to be maintained by those dedicated retirees. So while the pieces are not at risk, these images are no longer an accurate portrayal of their display environment.

Cheers!

P~

Serial Numbers of found IBM 1401s

from Susan Sherwood < director@ctandi.org >
So far, based on serial numbers, it appears that this 1401 is the oldest found "in captivity" - although CHM curators have yet to chime in re:their machines in storage.

PHP/TechWorks!               21264
History@IBM  Boblingen    25623-C2
CHM - Connecticut            25478
CHM - Germany                28421
CHM - Storage 1
CHM - Storage 2
We also understand that a major design change was implemented starting with serial number 25000 - suggesting the team could be in uncharted territory until we can find additional documentation.

1401's as the targets

from "Bart Cotton" < pickersenior @ gmail . com > - January 09, 2016
Trivia alert - When sent to Endicott in late 1969 to learn and bring up the first 370/145's so we could take one to the LA Education Center for CE training, we saw an interesting sight while there in early 1970. We went to an old building in the plant complex, and saw a large room of 1401 mainframes scattered about with several fork lifts running around the room like bumper cars. They were using the 1401's as the targets, and destroying them. It was a mystery at the time as to what the purpose was.

A few years later when I was working for ITEL (a computer leasing company) the reason for what we saw in Endicott came out.

IBM indeed didn't want the 1401's coming back as 3rd. party leased machines from companies like ITEL, competing with current systems (360) and such. Thomas Watson Sr. had learned this lesson well from his days with NCR trying to crush the 3rd. party leased Cash Register business. He never forgot that lesson and passed it on to TJ Jr.

Just a tidbit from 1401 history.

This probably had a lot to do with the decline of the large 1401 inventory from the scene in later years.

Bart Cotton
Restoration Team


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Updated July 21, 2017