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Toronto Data Center - Courtesy IBM Corp - Photographer George Dunbar "IBM Canada's photographer (1957 to 1989)"

Toronto-KingSt-Datacenter-1963

Toronto-KingSt-Datacenter

IBM_1401-product_display_in_Canada

IBM_1401_manufacturing_in_Toronto
Hi Robert,
Using the hint that this pic is from IBM Toronto, I noted that there's a reflection in the glass that says "SHERATON ARD IN" [backwards]. After staring and pondering for a spell, something clicked and I came up with KING EDWARD SHERATON. According to this olde tyme photo [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollywoodplace/5966759965/] the Kind Edward Sheraton was at 37 King Street E. Circling back, it seems IBM Canada maintained an office on King Street E. "Prior to 1951, IBM Canada offices were located on 300 Campbell Avenue and Dupont Street in the city of Toronto's west end.[1] The plant is now home to Wayspa's Canadian operations (as 298 Campbell Avenue). During this period, and well into the 1950s, the company also maintained a downtown office suite located on King Street East immediately opposite the entrance to the famous "King Eddie" Hotel." <----see the guest list at this link! Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Canada_Head_Office_Building Anyway, I offer this as further evidence the showroom depicted is indeed at IBM Toronto.
Cheers, Dag
Dag/Robert
I reckon that just about proves it. Google Earth shows that the King Edward Hotel at 57 King Street E is now part of the Meridien chain. Right opposite, if it wasn't for the Shred-It truck parked at the kerbside, you'd be able to see that the Data Centre is now a Sushi restaurant. The pillars and first floor windows are those depicted in the colour picture from Kevin Maney's Pioneering the Science of Information.
Well done indeed.

for further picture comments and credits, click here


1401_DatamobileEuropeanTravelingExhibit

Datamobile_WorldFair_
Atomium_Brussels_Sept1960

Datamobile_Vatican_
Rear_June1960

Datamobile_Vatican_
June_1960

Datamobile_Salon
Mecanographie_
Brussels_Sept1960

Datamobile_Montdes
Arts_Brussels
_Sept1960

Datamobile_Model
_1960

Datamobile_Dock
_1960

Datamobile_Copenhagen
_Aug1960

Datamobile_Coloseum
_Rome_June1960

Datamobile_Belgian
_Ferry_Sept1960

Unloading at
Helsinki-1964

Datamobile_Zurich_
Sept1960


1401_ManufacturingTestSystems - Endicott Manufacturing Photos 1965

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_C

_D

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_H

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1401 Manufacturing Test Systems - 1401 Manufacturing Testing Lab Pics - Oct 1962

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1401 Marketing Press Release Pics

GMktingCardSys

Mkting729Tape
1311DiskSy

Mkting729Tape
Sys

Mkting729Tape
SysM&W

Mkting729Tape
SysMan

Mkting1405Disk
7330TapeSys

Mkting1405Disk
Sys

Mkting1407Console
1311DiskSys

Mkting1407Console7330
Tape1405DiskSys
M&W

Mkting1428Optical
ReaderSysWoman

Mktting1311Disk
Sys

Mktting1428Optical
ReaderSy

729Tape_1405Disk_
1407Console_COLOR

729Tape_
1407Console_COLOR

729TapeSystem
_COLOR

CorePlane
NeedleFeeder

Mkting_7330Tape_
1311Disk_1407Console_April1962

Model_MOS for
textiles_Clemson
College_Nov1961

CPU_1406ExtendedStorage

LongPrintout_M&W

Markting_Chain_
WhirLing Chain_
Oct1959

Data Processing
System-1959

1401 + 1311 image


1401 Marketing Press Release Pics - 1401 Satellite Comm Pics

1009_SatelliteComm_
Graphic_1962

1009_Transmission_
Satellite_1962_A


1401 Marketing Press Release Pics - Restored Marketing System Pics

TapeSystemColor
-Adj

TapeSystemColor
-AdjSm


1401 Production Pics

Manufacturing_
Dept863

Manufacturing_
Port_1960

Manufacturing_
Landscape_1960


Maurice Papo Pics

Model_MauricePapo
_Home

plane_MauricePapo

WWAM_group


from Charles Morrison

to Qatar Petroleum
from Frankfurt


from Simon Barratt, UK
Laurel House, The Green, Tredington, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, CV364NJ, UNITED KINGDOM
Only pre-360 images provided here

London Data Centre
-1968

Printer Layout pad

another Printer Layout pad

Service Bureau Booklet

UK Form 22-6107
12 page, 1.5 MByte
12 page, 12 MByte
Data Center Booklet
UK Form 22-6101
12 pages, 14 MByte
Ever Onward
12 MBytes
Songs of the IBM
1.3 MBytes


Electromatic

1 MByte

ASCC

3.5 MBytes

Unmarked-01
1.7 MBytes

STRETCH in Factory
370 KBytes

IBM-702-DP-System-1953
400KBytes

HarvardMark-1
500 KBytes

IBM-Type-1-Printing-Tabulator-1921
1 MBytes

IBM-Type-4-DirectSubtractAccountingMachine-1928
2 MBytes

IBM-513-Reproducer-1933
800 KBytes

IBM-405-Tabulator-Maybe
700 KBytes

IBM-405-Tabulator-Maybe-Annotated.jpg
800 KBytes

077 collator (1936) Dev for SocSecurity
080 Card Sortor (1925)
2.2 MBytes

CTR-4-Units - 1914
1.9 MBytes
<= left
- Manual Card Punch
- Hand Gang Punch
- Vertical Sorter (1908)
- Five Counter Tabulator (non-printing)

Seven-Bank
1.8 MBytes
<= left
Seven bank printing and listing machine
with 4 superimposed counters, subtracting
feature, and card summany punch
(Electricity Supply Board, June 1932)

HollerithMachine (1890 ?)
2.7 MBytes

HollerithSorter-w-panel
2.9 MBytes

VerticalCardSorter (1908)
2.9 MBytes

ENIAC.jpg
5.6 MBytes \
and a section from page 28 of "Data Systems" - there appears to be missing clippings -
"The data processing world is older than one usually thinks. The Prudential Assurance Company installed their first punch card machines in 1914."

(Note everyone is standing)
4.1 MBytes

(Note everyone is standing)
2.4 MBytes
[Simon Barratt says "And when I worked in the Service Bureau/Data Centre, we had no chairs except during coffee (yes, coffee) break."]




and ;-))
BTW, did you hear that one of the first 1401 CPUs to be imported into the UK came to a rather sticky end? As it was being fork-lifted off the aircraft, it fell off and landed on a corner.

The engineers managed to repair it and it spent the rest of its days in the IBM UK Test Centre in the basement of the Newman Street office where it was used by 1401 customers to test their software before their machines were delivered. The only evidence of its misadventure was that, instead of being square, it had a slight parallelogram look.

1401 at user site in Italy - from Franco Fellico' < franco@ffellico.com >

"enhanced", original
{bad link} web page
with comment "Qui � ben visibile una fila di unit� nastro e sulla destra, ancora parzialmente imballata, � l'unit� centrale di un 1401."

"enhanced", original
{bad link} web page
with comment "Ed ora in posa vicino all'altro 1401"

1401 at a site in France, fish-eye view, from Maurice Papo
An IBM 1401 computer in La Gaude with an IBM 7090, ( the big machine in the background )

1401 at Hanover Fair 1960 from Chuck Branscomb
... a picture of the 1401 taken in April 1960 at the Hanover Fair. My wife and I were there (that is her in the picture ) and my recollection is that this was taken while the system was being checked out the day before the fair started.

This system was our engineering model used for announcement testing and I did not want to send it to Europe but Dick Watson insisted. As you know, engineering models are not exactly "up to spec" in many areas and I was also concerned that shipping it overseas in its somewhat fragile state would result in damage causing demonstration problems. Fortunately the system performed flawlessly throughout the Fair and was a big hit with the Europeans. I should note that IBM Germany send over technicians which we trained to service the system and they did an outstanding job.

A few days after the Fair, I was called by IBM Netherlands saying they had a problem with the system, were installed for demonstration in a CUSTOMER'S office (much to my surprise), and needed help. We put our best person on the plane to help but they corrected the problem before he arrived.

Picture Comments
From:Robert Garner
Subject:Re: [re: Toronto photos on archive page]
Date:December 1, 2012 at 5:58:35 PM PST
To:Paul Lasewicz

Hi Paul,

My thought was to mark these images on our 1401 web site: "Photo Courtesy of IBM Archives. Photographer George Dunbar."

Is there enough credit and good will to share on these old historic images? I'm glad he found us and had two more 1401 images.

Robert
On Dec 1, 2012, at 1:56 PM, Paul Lasewicz wrote:

Hi! Thanks. FYI, if he was IBM's photographer, he has no rights in these images - all rights belong to IBM. If he was hired as a contractor hired to take photos, then he might - dependson the contract.

Cheers!

P~

Paul C. Lasewicz
IBM Corporate Archivist

Find IBM History online atwww-03.ibm.com/ibm/history

"History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth." E. L. Doctorow
From:Ed Thelen
Subject:RE: Toronto photos on archive page
Date:December 1, 2012 at 10:37:27 PM PST
To:Robert Garner, Paul Lasewicz

> Is there enough credit and good will to share on these old historic images?

As the most rank amateur on this distribution list -

I propose that there are separate issues present:
  1. The factoid of who did/managed/controlled/financed/
       the work/activity/... resulting in "something" -
       This factoid is of possible historical and personal interest -
  2. The entity which owns the right to:
    a) control usage/distribution of "something"
        possibly called "intellectual property" -
    b) collect gain from the control/sale of a) above
( the above wording is a little loose,
but so are many things -
even/especially (unread?) laws 1,300 pages long ;-))

Another possibly open question is:
   can entity 2) above
   also control the distribution of factoid 1) above.
There may be a need to get an opinion from someone
   - expert in the field -
   ? always open to challenge in court ?? yet again ???
Simon
From:Robert Garner
Subject:Re: [re: Toronto photos on archive page]
Date:December 1, 2012 at 12:26:30 PM PST
To:George Dunbar

George,

Thanks for these wonderful 1401 images!
Both are new to us - I particularly like the manufacturing pic, which shows a 1311 based system being built.

Like the Toronto data centre pics,
I assume they were taken for IBM? (so they may even reside in IBM's archives somewhere..)

May I ask for your permission to post them with our other 1401 pics?
We would acknowledge you as the photographer (and do same for the Toronto data center pics).

Best Wishes,

Robert
From: George Dunbar
Subject:Re: [re: Toronto photos on archive page]
Date:December 1, 2012 at 1:12:50 PM PST
To:Robert Garner

Robert,

Yes, they were taken for IBM but I doubt that they will be easily found in any IBM archive.

I'd be pleased to have them used on your "IBM 1401 Restoration" web site.
Photo credits will be appreciated.

Please let me know the page address so that I will be able to view the photos.
Regards, George
From:Robert Garner
Subject:Fwd: [re: Toronto photos on archive page]
Date:December 1, 2012 at 1:19:48 PM PST
To:Paul Lasewicz

Paul,

The photographer that took the wonderful pic of the Toronto Data Centre contacted us, George Dunbar, emails below.

Robert There is the opinion that law is written
   by and for attorneys
Certainly not underpaid overstressed amateurs and jurors.

Modern Life can be so complicated -
   Back 100,000 years ago, "we" had other ?simpler? pressing problems,
   such as being chased by cave bears and leopards
Offered by
Ed ( your most humble bumbling servant ) Thelen

P.S. ;-))
From:Paul Lasewicz
Subject:Re: [re: Toronto photos on archive page]
Date:December 2, 2012 at 5:48:01 AM PST
To:Robert Garner

Hi! Yes, of course. I'd just say Courtesy of IBM Corporation ... no need to mention archives.

Cheers!

P~
From:Susan Sherwood
Subject:Re: Two new 1401 era pics (was Fwd: [re: Toronto photos on archive page])
Date:December 2, 2012 at 10:22:14 PM PST
To:Robert Garner

Robert

I'll double check with the 1440 team, but I think the mainframe in the foreground of the picture is an IBM 1440. I suspect the typewriter/printerconsole in the front right corner is not an IBM 1447, but possibly.

We discovered in putting together the displays for the 1440 event that Endicott's printed circuit manufacturing (SMS, SLT, perhaps later) used threeIBM 1440 to control the processing.

Also, in the 1930s, IBM performed early environmental testing of durability in the freezers of the Ice Cream Factory where the TechWorks! PrototypeWorkshop is located.

A slab of the SMS card single layer cake for you and the 1401 team is on hold in my freezer, while I figure out how best to get it to California.

Best regards,

Susan


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