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Antique Framed Print : IBM Electronic Composer, 1970s

IBM Electronic Composer, 1970s



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IBM Electronic Composer, 1970s

IBM Electronic Composer. This model of typewriter is an example of an IBM Selectric typewriter, all of which used typeballs (one see at centre left). This was a ball that rotated to select the right letter, followed by striking the paper. These balls could be changed to select different fonts and characters, making it ideal for use in the printing industry. The IBM Selectric typewriter was first introduced in 1961, but this model, the Electronic Composer, was introduced in 1975. It was typewriters like this that made desktop publishing possible

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Media ID 6317363

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1900s 1960s 1970s Change Electric Electronic Flexibility Keys Machine Power Cable Printing Studio Wire Font Fonts Printed Matter Printing Industry Type Writer Typeface


21"x16" (54x41cm) Antique Frame

Bevelled wood effect frame, card mounted, 15x10 archival quality photo print. Overall outside dimensions 21x16 inches (54x41cm). Environmentally and ozone friendly, Polycore® moulding has the look of real wood, is durable and light and easy to hang. Biodegradable and made with non-chlorinated gases (no toxic fumes) it is efficient; producing 100 tons of polystyrene can save 300 tons of trees! Prints are glazed with lightweight, shatterproof, optical clarity acrylic (providing the same general protection from the environment as glass). The back is stapled hardboard with a sawtooth hanger attached. Note: To minimise original artwork cropping, for optimum layout, and to ensure print is secure, the visible print may be marginally smaller

Ready to Hang Bevelled Wood Effect Framed and Mounted Prints. To ensure the paper is held securely the visible picture may be marginally smaller than quoted.

Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 37.1cm x 24.7cm (14.6" x 9.7")

Estimated Product Size is 54cm x 41.4cm (21.3" x 16.3")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) orientation to match the source image.


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This print showcases the iconic IBM Electronic Composer, a revolutionary model of typewriter from the 1970s. At its core lies an IBM Selectric typewriter, distinguished by its utilization of typeballs. Positioned prominently in the center left of the image, this ball rotates to meticulously select each letter before striking it onto paper. What sets this machine apart is its ability to interchange these balls, allowing for a diverse range of fonts and characters—a true game-changer for the printing industry. Introduced in 1961, the IBM Selectric typewriter quickly gained popularity. However, it was not until 1975 that this specific model—the Electronic Composer—made its debut. With machines like these at their disposal, professionals were able to embark on desktop publishing endeavors with newfound ease and flexibility. The photograph beautifully captures both the technological prowess and aesthetic appeal of this vintage equipment. Placed against a single-colored backdrop within a studio setting, it exudes an air of simplicity while emphasizing key elements such as power cables and typefaces. As we delve into this mesmerizing snapshot from Science Photo Library's collection, we are transported back to an era where electronic advancements revolutionized traditional methods of printing and typesetting. It serves as a reminder that even seemingly mundane objects can hold immense historical significance when viewed through the lens of innovation and progress.

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