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This Is What a Computer Looked Like in 1957

This photo, according to a document from the government Norfolk County, UK, is a photo of the city of Norwich taking delivery of its first computer. It's an Elliott 405, a computer manufactured by Elliott Brothers, a now-defunct British company.

This 1957 article from The New Scientist describes it as the first municipal computer in the UK. The author, J.W. Cox, is an employee of Elliott Brothers. He states that the 405 was "specially designed for accounting and statistical purposes." It stores data on up to 1,000 feet of magnetic film.

Programming tip: lift with your legs, not your back.

-via David Thompson


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My dad remembered arranging the closing Curzon Street in London on a Sunday morning to crane in a new computer to the top floor. It was to do teachers' salaries for the whole of the UK. Took up several rooms.
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now our TVs come WITH computers that you can control it from another computer that has a tiny TV that you can also make phonecalls! Computer-ception!
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