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Pencil - CSIRAC Computer, HB,1950s Object Reg. No: ST 044467

Summary:
Yellow L & C Hardtmuth Koh-i-noor HB pencil used by engineers working on CSIRAC. This pencil may well have been used in the preparation of programs during the period that CSIRAC was at the University of Melbourne.

Pencils were used sometimes in preference to fountain pens; the use of ball-point pens was only then becoming commonplace.

The following has been copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil - accessed 10 December 2008:
Many pencils across the world and almost all in Europe are graded on the European system using a continuum from "H" (for hardness) to "B" (for blackness), as well as "F" (for fine point). The standard writing pencil is graded HB.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Ron Bowles, 1999
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computer accessories, computing, csirac computer, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: equipment
User: University of Melbourne (The), Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1954-1959

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