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IBM sign

IBM sign (made of metal) originally from an IBM branch office in Vancouver BC Canada.

IBM sign


IBM sign (made of metal) originally from an IBM branch office in Vancouver BC Canada.

Description : IBM built a show case datacentre in Vancouver BC Canada sometime during the mid 1960's. This is when they used to allow customers to use the computers themselves and have the street level windows to show off the computers. At that time they had IBM 1401's and an IBM 1130. Later in the 60's a couple of 360 Model 40's were installed. The sign was on a display wall about 20 feet back from the windows with the words Datacentre underneath made out of wooden letters.



Sometime around 1969 there was some fuss over a CDC computer being destroyed by students in a Eastern university and all of a sudden, security became an issue. IBM closed the curtains so that no one could see the computer in the datacentre anymore. In order to recover some space the display wall was removed and garbaged. I rescued the IBM letters from the trash at that time. The wooden letters were not worth rescuing.