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Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine

Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine
Practical period teleprinter, telex, Teletype, ticker tape machine

This is a fully practical teleprinter terminal that can also double as a telex machine. Back in the 1960s & 1970s, this type of printer was commonly used to interact with mainframe computers. Those getting on in their years may recall watching such a machine printing out the football results character by character during Sports Grandstand on Saturdays. This machine is incredibly visual & film makers are invariably wowed when they see the internal mechanism in closeup while it's printing each character. A myriad of complex rods & springs control the type cylinder which jumps & rotates at a blurring speed as it produces each character. And there's more. It can also punch and read paper (ticker) tape - again highly visual. We have a run of these machines which would be spot on for any 1960s-1970s computer or communications centre or cold war era scene.

The printer can be used in different ways. You can type characters on its keyboard & they will be directly printed like a typewriter does onto the roll fed paper & optionally each character will be punched as a pattern of holes on the paper tape strip. It can also be connected to a laptop computer & blocks of text can then be sent to it on cue & printed - again with the option of punching to the paper tape as well.

There's a video of it operating here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nw6DPEt_2o

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