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60990 Prototype Document Reader in use

Description of Photograph

Photograph of a Lyons Bakery Rails Order Form as marked up by a salesman (LEO job L5) being fed into the prototype document reader.  The early document reader was designed by John Pinkerton and Daniel Broido, to convert the foolscap-sized documents filled in by the Lyons bakery salesmen into paper tape which could then be read by LEO.

Research Comments: LEO were early pioneers in reading original documents directly into computers, eliminating problems of data preparation and making possible dynamic large scale data processing. (LM)

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

Date: c1959

Physical Description: 1 photographic print; black and white

Archives Hub References: CMLEO/PB/PH/3/60990

Other References: DCMLEO20190809010

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Photograph of 60990  Prototype Document Reader in use

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