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Old time typewriter

Old time typewriter

Computer Lab, Basement of Glatfelter Hall, early 1970s

Computer Lab, Basement of Glatfelter Hall, early 1970s

 

When it came to decorating our new high-tech Digital Center, Musselman Library decided it was an opportunity to reflect on the cutting-edge technology from a bygone era.  These photographs are from the College Archives and feature students enjoying such sophisticated tools as brand new manual typewriters.

Radio Station 1977

Radio Station 1977

Radio Station 1989

Radio Station 1989

Other students worked with the first College computer in the early 1970s -- an IBM 1130 mainframe located in the basement of Glatfelter Hall, that required perfectly typed key-punch cards to run programs.  And see that black disk-like object one student is holding?  Yup, that is an LP record and he's spinning tunes for the College's radio station.



See all the old Gettysburg College photos in this exhibit.


Bell Telephone/Western Electric

Bell Telephone/Western Electric

Motorola Transistor Portable Radio 1959

Motorola Transistor Portable Radio 1959

In addition to the photographs, there are some vintage magazine ads touting the hottest new technology on the market.  Imagine a portable radio that would allow you to actually hear radio music in your dorm!  Or how about a thinking machine for those tricky calculations?  And don't forget when technology and fun melded into the hot (non-pinball) arcade game Pacman!



See all the old Advertisements in this exhibit.


Pacman Poster 1980s

Pacman Poster 1980s

Friden Thinking Machine (calculator) 1952

Friden Thinking Machine (calculator) 1952



This exhibit was made possible by a special gift from the Friends of Musselman Library.