Throwback Thursdays IBM 705 EDPM Electronic Data Processing Machine, 1955

Taking a rare break from music history (or in the case of the last 4 weeks, San Francisco Raves of the 90’s), this week’s Throwback Thursdays takes a brief glimpse at computers of the past, and the graphic designs that the revolutionary Don Drapers of the 50’s used to introduce these seemingly space-age machines of the future to the world.

Throwback Thursday Bendix G-14 General Purpose Digital Computer, 1955

Throwback Thursday Datatron Electronic Data Processing Systems Handbook Central Comp

The brilliant use of colors, dynamic layouts and sleek typography are still stunning today.  As one put it in the comments section where we found these guys: “Good design is timeless.”

Throwback Thursday Teleregister, 1956

Little did they know how far we would go with it, and the endless possibilities of it’s growth, all from this enormous reel-to-reel technology that simply compiled and calculated figures.  Now, we make electronic music in the palms of our tiny hands using web applications that instantaneously and globally share our digital content at ever-growing and unprecedented reaches.

You can find more vintage computer brochures at the Computer History Museum.

An Introduction to the Univac File-Computer System, 1951

via Tim George Design

 

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