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1963 - developer Dr. Joseph J. Eachus (left) of the computer-to-Telex and J. Ernest Smith holding magnetic tape reel containing computer’s instructions


CD 2055067 E&MP7.005


January 25, 1963

Data communications utilizing a computer and Western Union’s world-wide Telex commercial communications network was publicly demonstrated for the first time today in a series of tests conducted by Honeywell Electronic Data Processing.

Dr. Joseph J. Eachus (left), Honeywell EDP staff scientist who developed communications equipment needed to link computer to Telex system, operates Telex teleprinter. J. Ernest Smith, Honeywell EDP executive vice president, holds magnetic tape reel containing computer’s instructions.

The computer-Telex link-up permits persons at remote locations to transmit and receive computer data and to control processing of data by a computer. Honeywell officials said system has added “a new dimension to rapidly-growing data communications field.”

Telex is the U.S. first “dial-telegraph” system, and has 20,000 subscribers domestically. 

Original Caption by Science Service

National Museum of American History


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