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Printer - Control Data, 3200 Computer System, Printer Model 501, 1964 Object Reg. No: HT 28047

Summary:
Model 501 printer for Control Data 3200 computer system. '501' was taken from the CDC street address at 501 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, U. S. A. The printer mechanism was manufactured by a company called Annelex and packaged by CDC. The paper came out so fast that the paper did not stack so a device was made to correct this.

Drum printer, printed 1000 lpm using 48 characters only, 800 lpm using all 64 characters, skips 25 inches per second, 6 lines per inch, 136 columns, modified standard gothic font. Manual switch allows printing at half speed. Special punched tape was required to signal "channel" jump, e.g. channel 1 jump was top-of-page. Reasonably good quality output.
Description:
Black cabinet with grey side panels; two hinged glass doors on front. Set of eight push button controls on top right front of cabinet. rectangular box extension at rear with hinged door. Hinged lid on top of cabinet. Sound proofing foam on inside of top lid is decaying. Accompanied by 5 boxes of High Speed printer ribbon.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1290 mm (Height), 1080 mm (Width)

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Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: printers
Inscriptions: Front top left of cabinet: CONTROL DATA PRINTER 501
Maker: Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America, 1964
User: Monash Computer Centre, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 1964-1979
References: Technical details (http://www.museumwaalsdorp.nl/computer/en/cybequip.html) accessed 4 Feb 2011

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