Wow, this baby can hold over 120 bytes per inch!

saves 90% In storage and handling over punched cards

Remington Rand Univac Electronic Computers Now Make Available…

Reels of magnetic tape are utilized with remington rand electronic computer systems solving intricate computations for business, for industry, for science, for government. They operate at speeds that put facts at management’s fingertips with breathtaking rapidity. They give management today data which it formerly had to wait months to obtain.

One inch of magnetic tape, the input medium for Remington Rand UNIVAC, holds even more information than a punched card. One reel holds 1,400,000 numbers or letters. Two 4-drawer tabulat-ing-card files, storing more than 20,000 cards, are compressed into a single eight-inch reel.

A Computer for Every Need

You expect leadership from the leader . . . and Remington Rand machines, using magnetic tape in addition to all other input media, offer the greatest variety of equipment for every computing job.

With the UNIVAC Fac-Tronic all-purpose computer system you can switch quickly from accounts receivable to payroll preparations, to matrix algebra to differential equations. The new ERA 1103 general-purpose computer system performs feats of mathematical computations, industrial and economic planning, and automatic process control — at speeds undreamed of a few years ago. The Remington Rand Punched-Card Electronic Computer handles computations, records, and general accounting problems. (Also, Remington Rand will design and build computers to specifications to solve your specific problems.)

For free descriptive folder, “UNIVAC,” EL 109.1, write on your business letterhead to Room 2851,
315 Fourth Avenue, New York 10, N. Y.


Eckert Mauchly Division: Univac Fac-Tronic System
Remington Rand: Punched-Card Electronic Accounting Machines
Engineering Research Associates Division: ERA 1103 General-purpose Computer System

  1. Chuck G says: August 22, 20062:30 pm

    This is probably before the Uniservo tape days. If I remember correctly, these 8″ reels were of tape made of a metal alloy and heavy as the dickens. I also seem to recall that the recording was 120 six-bit characters per inch.

    Still not too shabby–a decade later, polyester tape in 10″ reels was recording at 200 or 556 characters per inch.

  2. […] Its hard enough for modern computer users to imagine a time when magnetic tape was the average medium of storage, never mind the notion of libraries full of meticulously sorted boxes full of punch cards. This wonderful ad (Courtesy, as always, of Modern Mechanix) for Remington Rand magnetic tape storage, is from a 1953 Scientific American, when magnetic tape storage was the next big thing. While claims like “120 bytes per inch” seem very quaint in today’s world of near-terabyte sized storage on our desktops, and gigabytes in our MP3 players, in 1953 it represented a remarkable amount of data compression when compared to old technology. […]

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