Jeff's quickie page of vintage and unusual
illuminated switches and front panels
Mysterious computer panel!
I salvaged this front panel and not much else, so I have no context for its use.
The rectangular bezel is a single line neon alphanumeric display:
a Burroughs self-scan SSD0132-0039.
There was a full height 8" floppy drive in the left.
What was it?
My guess is that it was some communications controller due to the
8 modem-status LEDS over the thumbsheels
and the 8 "CIA ENABLE" switches
(which probably have nothing to do with
or this one).
The card from the right gives some clues:
- commands to display PSW
- "CPU stops on a PER event in 3650/3670/476 mode. Stops in 3690 mode if test mode set."
A colorful front panel from a Radiation Incorporated tape drive
colorful ganged switches by Widmaier
I still adore really BIG hefty illuminated pushbuttons.
I never got to work on the big panels like NASA mission control
but line printers and SOME computer parts were once large enough
to deserve such switches!
I'm unsure from what this was salvaged, but it looks like
something by Olivetti since their machines tended to be
more mechanical than electro-mechanical