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Photos of women and giant-ass mainframe computers from the 1960s
02.02.2016
09:51 am
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Photos of women and giant-ass mainframe computers from the 1960s

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All hail the vintage female geek culture from the polyester past! These splendid images come from Lawrence Harley “Larry” Luckham. Yep, that’s his name. Anyway, he used to work for Bell Labs back in ‘60s “managing a data center and developing an ultra high speed information retrieval system.”

I took a camera to work and shot the pictures below. I had a great staff, mostly women except for the programmers who were all men. For some reason only one of them was around for the pictures that day.

Women and giant-ass computers! What more could you ask for? So retro-looking that they’re almost futuristic!

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Data Terminal Test Room
 
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Tape cleaning
 

Magnetic tape
 

Data Terminal Test Room
 

Tape Library

Posted by Tara McGinley
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02.02.2016
09:51 am
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