MICRO-TWIN RECORDER-READER (Mar, 1955)

It’s New! MICRO-TWIN RECORDER-READER

complete low-cost microfilming in one unit

Now, small as well as large businesses can enjoy the time-saving, space-saving, money-saving benefits of microfilming … for the unique Micro-Twin combines both recorder and reader in a single compact unit at a price less than you might have expected to pay for a recorder alone!

The Micro-Twin, with its 37-to-l reduction camera, records documents as wide as 11 inches on just half of the 16-mm film width. Documents can be photographed back and front simultaneously. Full-size facsimile prints can be produced quickly, direct from microfilm in the reader. For hard-to-read material, a 24-to-l camera is available.

An optional Acro-Feeder provides rapid feeding and accurate spacing—all automatically. The exclusive indexing meter is the last word in rapid location of filmed documents. The Micro-Twin does the complete, modern microfilming job, yet it is as easy to use as a box camera.

The compact Micro-Twin is available with the matching stand and work organizer, as shown here, or in a model that fits conveniently and securely on a work table or desk.

Why not find out about the many ways your business can profit with the Micro-Twin? Just phone your near-by Burroughs representative for the complete story. Burroughs Corporation, Detroit 32, Michigan.

Wherever there’s business there’s Burroughs

16 comments
  1. Charlene says: December 29, 20101:06 pm

    I’m mesmerized by the design of that woman’s dress. Buttons (and contrast buttonholes) right up the front, but none of them meant to be used. It’s just not right.

  2. Clonee G says: December 29, 20106:42 pm

    I believe this is the same Burroughs family as William S’s.

  3. Toronto says: December 29, 20109:10 pm

    Clonee – correct. William S. Burroughs was a grandson of the founder of the Burroughs Corp.

    Burroughs was the “B” in the BUNCH of companies that were thought of as second-string players in the 1970s computer wars (Burroughs, Univac, NCR, ControlDataCorp and Honeywell.) They merged with Sperry/Univac in the 80s, leading to joke names such as “Spurroughs” and “Berry” before becoming Unisys (which still exists.) I last used one in, oh, gee, 1992 or so.

    Their OS was called MPC (Master Control Program) – copied in the movie War Games.

  4. Toronto says: December 29, 20109:21 pm

    Augh! TRON – MCP was the master control program in the original TRON, not War Games.

    I don’t know where my brain is tonight.

  5. Charlie says: December 29, 201011:42 pm

    War Games was Whopper (WOPR)

  6. carlm says: December 30, 20101:37 am

    So far, microfilm/microfiche holds the record for longevity in the archival area. Many many documentss are still on this format. 100 years from now, these documents will still be able to be read using a simple magnifier. While the PDF is used almost exclusively now, I wonder how long into the future that data will be able to be read. I had stuff saved on 8 inch floppies from the early 1980′s. Even if the magnetic data is still intact, which I doubt, I don’t know where to get a drive to put it into. One would then need an old PC to interface it to and all the old software needed to read it. Unreadable after 10 years actually. I have stuff on recordable CDs that have gone bad after 5 years. Lets hear it for 50′s tech. My LP’s from the 60′s still play fine.

  7. Firebrand38 says: December 30, 20107:48 am

    carlm: If that wasn’t a rhetorical question you can find companies that transfer data from media like 8″ floppies to a more accessible format.
    For example http://www.apextechnolo…

  8. Jari says: December 30, 201010:06 am

    carlm: Paper beats the microfilm for the longevity so far. For example Finnish church records, land deeds etc. from 1600-1700s are still readable.

  9. jayessell says: December 30, 201011:28 am

    Supposedly there are NASA space probe tapes on file… with no machines to read them.

    Vietnam era veteran records on punched cards?

    I hope some of these issues have been addressed.

    PS: I’ll try to move a photo from 3.5 disk to my iPad soon.
    It should only require 3 intermediate steps. And by steps I mean progressively less obsolete PCs!

    (Actually…. One document made it from my Mac Performa to the iPad.
    A word document. 15 years?
    It even kept the color text!)

  10. Jayessell says: December 30, 201012:08 pm

    http://www.mullermedia….

    They addressed the problem as much as they could.

    Jan 2 1991 AP article. Printed in the Chicago Tribune.
    Jan 3 1991 Newsday.

    ***I*** remembered saving the editorial from the Jan 25 1991
    Issue of Comic Buyer’s Guide!
    (Dang! I only saved the first page of the editorial.)

  11. Andrew L. Ayers says: December 30, 20101:40 pm

    Charlie: The computer was called WOPR, but the “program” (character?) was the MCP.

    Regarding old data: I’ve successfully moved a lot of data from TRS-80 Color Computer 5.25 inch floppies to more modern systems running emulators (also did the reverse, once, to play a newly created game for the Color Computer 3 that I downloaded off the internet, in order to play on my original system). That’s about 20+ years there.

    I definitely see carlm’s point, though – there were more than a few floppies in that data conversion I mentioned that just wouldn’t read no matter what I tried; that data is gone forever. The thing about microfilm for document storage, is that it doesn’t need anything high-tech to read it. In theory, you could be sitting around with almost bronze-age technology, and as long as you had an idea on how to craft a convex lens, you could in theory make something to read it (assuming you understand how to read, and the language it is written in, of course – among other things).

    Paper and other organic documents will, if not carefully stored, deteriorate over time; while the jury is still out on microfilm, I am pretty certain that its nature as essentially “plastic” will give it a very long life. Ultimately, for longest storage, it too needs controlled conditions, I won’t discount that.

    BTW, FB38 – while I know about such data transfer/recovery services (and carlm may, too), their usefulness for ordinary people is limited, due to costs associated with recovery (as I’m sure you’re aware). For businesses, though, depending on the data, they can be more than worth it.

    I tend to try to keep all my data as backed up as I can afford, and the rest I transfer to new technology drives as time, money, and technology allows. I really wish the prices of high-density SD cards would come down (though I wonder what the realistic longevity of those are); right now, the best price/performance is still from hard drives.

  12. Toronto says: December 30, 20102:15 pm

    Jayrussell: I have a 1/2″ tape – on a non-standard “short” reel – at my desk that was recorded in 1984 and was read last month. It probably lost a lot of oxide in the process, but it only needed to be read once. And I know of some really odd-ball HP analog 1/2″ tapes at BIO that were read and copied to conventional media recently.

    As to punch cards, I helped re-use some early 1960 vintage machines in the late 1970s with no problems, so the old hardware was fairly tough. But if I had a small batch of cards to read, I’d use a scanner and software to do it. It virtually eliminates the risk of damaging the cards (old electromechanical readers were built for speed, and were notorious for jamming and bending cards.)

  13. Firebrand38 says: December 30, 20103:18 pm

    Andrew L. Ayers: Negative. WOPR was referred to as “Whopper” and NOT “MCP”. http://www.youtube.com/… was and is from Tron.

    You are definitely right about the transfer services. Hey, that’s what they get for keeping and maintaining an 8″ floppy reader.

  14. Jari says: December 30, 20106:06 pm

    Andrew L.Ayers: That’s >exactly< the point; proper storage of the documents. Moisture etc, does take their toll. For older paper documents, the problem is the iron based inks used in that era. They simply eat themselves through the paper. Then again, thanks to the Latter Day Saints, most of the church books are microfilmed. Way more convenient for genealogy use. And lets not forget the surviving clay tablets from Mesopotamia, at least some of them were records of crops, etc.

    I just wonder, how well my DVD-RAM's will hold in the future. At least they are very different beasts than DVD-R's and -RW's.

  15. Toronto says: December 30, 20109:07 pm

    Anyone notice the cover art? Especially the background – spinning tape reels *still* resonate as a “computer” image, despite the fact that reel-to-reel 1/2″ hasn’t been used for decades.

  16. grayson says: January 16, 20115:22 pm

    I used to work on these things for Bell and Howell in the mid 70′s…..

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