Paper Tape Winder

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Experienced operators could rewind paper tapes almost as fast as they could be read so the optimum in operation was for one person to load tapes and start them off when the other person had wound about half of the previous tape.  Mistakes involved ripped tapes, friction burnt fingers, broken plastic spools and every operators nightmare centre drop out – when removing the wound reel it first became conical and then separated in the middle resulting in hours of ‘patient’ untangling.

Kindly donated by Dave Joyner

Date : 1980

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH6250. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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