IBM 557 Alphabetic Interpreter??

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Tue Mar 30 15:47:16 1999

On Tue, 30 Mar 1999, Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) wrote:
> #026 and #029 keypunches, nor the punch outputs of most computers, did
> NOT print anything on the card.

#026 and #029 keypunches could, and by default did, print what they
punched. The punch output of most computers, nor most of the stand-alone
card duplicators, did not. The unique *RARE* SPECIAL model in the #029
series was the one that could "interpret" (print) the contents of cards
that it was READING, not punching. It was especially useful, because it
had an 80 column printhead, whereas the stand-alone interptreter was a 60
column unit.

Sorry about the wrong info. It's been less than 30 years - must be
coming down with some of that alzh^h^h^h^h "old-timer's disease"

I have 2 keypunch drums that I don't seem to use much any more. Does
anybody need one? (I'm keeping one, just in case.)
Received on Tue Mar 30 1999 - 15:47:16 BST

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