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Paper Tape 8 Track

These were very kindly donated by Helen Young who made the following comments regarding the reels
"There are 3 reels, the ends are a bit scruffy, although one (the blue one) has some blank tape at the end so is maybe complete.  They have survived because many years ago they were useful for making Christmas decorations, and were at the bottom of our decorations box - which is why they have come to light just now!

I suspect that the tapes are from my days at Chelsea College and the Elliott
503(?) there, but I'm not sure.  They look to be 8-track even parity, which is the only type I used apart from 5-track on the Elliott 803 which was in use when I first went to work for the college.  They look to be binary dumps rather than code, as I can't see regular carriage return/line feed characters and there are no blank sections which we left between lines for splicing corrections etc."

Date : 1962

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH6631. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Scan of Document: Paper Tape 8 Track

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