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Word Processing System - Olivetti, Model DE 523, circa 1975 Object Reg. No: ST 042138

Olivetti Model DE 523 word processor, comprising integrated unit with screen, 2 cassette tape drives and keyboard in single casing. Keyboard has 24 special function keys devoted to word processing. Made by Olivetti in Italy about 1975.

This unit had a "futuristic" design, with the monochrome monitor supported by an arm reaching up from behind the keyboard, Unfortunately the design dated rapidly.
Comprising integrated unit with screen, 2 cassette tape drives and keyboard in single casing.

Cassette tape jammed in left hand cassette drive.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Toyota Australia Pty Ltd, 1993
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 460 mm (Height), 480 mm (Width), 480 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computing, computers, microcomputer systems, word processors, electric typewriters
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: word processors
Inscriptions: Label on front: olivetti DE 523
Right hand cassette drive: 0765219
Left hand cassette drive: 751507
Cassette: (handwritten) Side B 26-7-82 / (Olivetti logo)
Manufacturer: Olivetti, Italy, 1975


Michele Di MARCO Posted on 04 Sep 2013 3:16 AM
Nel 1967 ho venduto come sistemista queste macchine alle banche come data entra con risultati eccezionali in confronto alle schede perforate.
Un risultato de 523 rispetto alla de 521 con una cassetta .
Ottimo sistema che supportata anche la linea telefonica.
Michele Di Marco
Glenn Johnson Posted on 05 May 2014 2:25 AM
I used to work for the United Friendly Insurance Company Head Office, Southwark, London, UK and during the late 1970s we had 2 of the Olivetti DE523 systems installed in our Secretariat department for a few years. We used to key data to one of the cassette tape while the other cassette tape loaded up the program. Ted Brown of our Data Processing Department used to write the program cassettes for us and read the keyed data into his Redifon (later ROCC) Seecheck System. The 2 DE523's ware eventually replaced by 2 Redifon Terminals.


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