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55586 Samastronic printer

Description of Photograph

Photograph of the Powers-Samas Samastronic printer employed on LEO II, following the insistence by tobacco company Wills at Bristol that their version of LEO II (LEO II/2) be capable of alphabetic printing.
According to David Caminer, in his chapter 'LEO II in the Field' in the book User Driven Innovation (ed Caminer et al, published London: McGraw-Hill, 1996), pp. 55-68:
It [the printer] offered a wide range of characters produced by a matrix of needle styli. Functionally this was adequate rather than ideal, because it needed only minimal maladjustment for characters to become distorted. [LEO engineer Ernest] Lenaerts worked wonders in devising maintenance techniques to keep up the quality required by Wills for their invoices, but as soon as an alternative became available from Machines Bull in Paris, the Samastonic was dropped from the catalogue, with considerable relief. (p. 58).
Image published in Bird, Peter  LEO - The First Business Computer  (Wokingham: Hasler, 1994), plate 37.

Collected by Peter Bird as part of his research for his book LEO - The First Business Computer (1994).

Date: c1958

Photographer: Unidentified

Physical Description: 1 photographic print; black and white

Archives Hub References: CMLEO/PB/PH/2/55586

Other References: DCMLEO20190607007

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Photograph of 55586 Samastronic printer


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