Deccafax Viewdata terminal, 1979-1994

Made:
1979-1994 in London and England
maker:
Decca Radio and Television Limited

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Deccafax Viewdata Terminal Model VP1, Serial No 170948, manufactured by Decca Radio and Television, London, England,
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Science Museum Group Collection

Deccafax Viewdata Terminal Model VP1, Serial No 170948, manufactured by Decca Radio and Television, London, England,
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Science Museum Group Collection

Deccafax Viewdata Terminal Model VP1, Serial No 170948, manufactured by Decca Radio and Television, London, England, 1979-1994

Deccafax Viewdata Terminal Model VP1, manufactured by Decca Radio and Television, London, England, 1979-1994.

Prestel was the brand name for the Post Office's Viewdata system. Viewdata enabled subscribers to access information from a remote database. Users typed text commands to navigate through pages of information and communicated using 'Prestel Mailbox'. Viewdata was developed by Samuel Fedida, an engineer in the Post Office Research Department. Prestel itself was commercially launched in 1979, and achieved a maximum of 90,000 subscribers before it was eventually sold in 1994. This Prestel unit was used by the House Of Commons until 1994.

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Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1994-1169 Pt1
type:
television receiver
taxonomy:
credit:
Donated by the House of Commons Library
status:
Permanent collection

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