Westrex teletype terminal, 1960-1980

Made:
1960-1980 in London

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Westrex teletype terminal, Type ASR/KSR33, made by the Westrex Company Limited, London, England, 1960-1980. Complete with stand, paper-tape punch and 80-0-80V to 6-0-6V converter, plus paper tray.

Westrex teletype terminal, Type ASR/KSR33, made by the Westrex Company Limited, London, England, 1960-1980.

Teleprinters were originally designed for office use, to send and receive typed messages between different terminals. They were later adapted for use with early computers, to provide a user interface, sending typed data to the computers, and printing the information received in response. Teletypes such as this were vital to early time-sharing and computer networks. Users accessed the ARPANET, the precursor to the internet, through such terminals. The first emails sent and received over the ARPANET were typed and printed on teletypes.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1986-151
Materials:
metal (unknown), paper (fibre product), perspex, plastic (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (no paper tray): 900 mm x 570 mm x 530 mm, 31 kg
overall (with paper tray): 1130 mm x 570 mm x 530 mm,
control box: 170 mm x 270 mm x 180 mm,
type:
teleprinter
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • computer peripheral
  • output device
credit:
Donated by the Westrex Company Limited

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