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Jack L. Aldridge - Burroughs Field Engineer



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WW II, Years in the Airborne.

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Undated Employee ID badge reverse side states the Burroughs Corporation will pay return postage if lost and has the Pasadena address.



(Aldridge Collection at SMECC)

We Have two copies of employment applications  Form ED 1033 Would date this in the late 1950's as it refers to 1960 in a future sense in the text which is reprinted below.
(Editors note: We were always taught to take  three applications when we were filling them out, perhaps we can assume Jack got the first one right and the other 2 copies went into his file cabinet) 


APPLICATION   FOR  EMPLOYMENT

 

ElectroData

DIVISION OF BURROUGHS

Within a three-year period, ElectroData Division of Burroughs has become
the world's third largest computer manufacturer in an industry for which market
surveys predict a billion-dollar volume by 1960. Maintaining international headquarters in southern California, ElectroData carries on a global marketing program by means of offices located throughout this country and abroad. ElectroData offers business and science a uniquely wide range of electronic data processing equipment -including the DATATRON high-speed digital computer, the E101 desk-size computer and the Series G high-speed printing. tabulating and card punching equipment. ElectroData stands as a symbol to all its employees - not only of past achievement, but of a bright future.

 

SEND TO:
PERSONNEL DIVISION

ELECTRODATA
DIVISION OF BURROUGHS
460 SIERRA MADRE VILLA
PASADENA,  CALIFORNIA


 
November, 1956

 Jack Aldridge was listed as a new hire into Customer Service in the
 "Adder" column of Binary Bits for November, 1956.  Binary Bits was the
 house newsletter for ElectroData, published from April 55, through the
 merger with Burroughs in 1956 until it was cancelled as part of an
 economy push during the 1958 recession.  The "Adder" column listed all
 new hires.

Contributed by  -  T J Sawyer - Bloomington, MN
 
 
 


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From a picture taken at Diamond Jim's ca. XXXX in Las Vegas

 
 
 


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A pin pack button issued at the launch of the 'Head-per-Track' disc system. Unlike today's disc drives that had moving head systems, each track on this old disc system had a fixed head.... one per track! The platter was huge! We have one on display at the museum!

 

   
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Southern Arizona Bank EDP Center Badge and First Interstate Bank Vendor Badge

 


(Aldridge Collection at SMECC)

Tiny 'Slide Rule Tie Bar' With the name Heat and Power Equipment Company on backside. This slide rule is fully functional... if you can see numbers that are that small!

 

 
(Aldridge Collection at SMECC)

Need to Detail relationship Aldridge had with DSI

 

 

 
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Manual of instructions  and code card for Flexowriter automatic writing machine Produced by Commercial Controls Corporation 1 Leighton Avenue Rochester, New York Š 1956 used as a console on the  Electrodata 205 Computer.


 

 

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Burroughs Advertising Blotter Early 60's ( any other opinions? )

 

TODAY


I'M GOING TO ---------

 

FIX MACHINES

PERFORM GOOD P.M.'S

SELL M.A.'S

SELL SUPPLIES

MAKE COLLECTIONS

COMPLETE MY DAILY TIME

Los Angeles District School


 
 

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AT BURROUGHS? Please Help Identify!

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I don't know all of these guys, but the one in the middle looks like E. James Mehelas.  Began his career in Detroit as an adding machine and posting machine salesman.  He was my branch manager in Toledo, Ohio from 1972-76. DSRoss-at-comcast.net

 

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What Bank or S&L in Arizona were these shot?

 



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2BC1-1 Board
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I can positively identify the 2BC1-1 PC as a channel card from the first
B-100 Sorter-Reader developed in Paoli in the late 50's. In addition, it
had a small plug-in "piggyback" card containing a set of resistors
representing one of the "signature" for the 14 different characters in
the original MICR character set. The character recognition system
consisted of a read head , pre-amplifier, power amplifier, delay line, 14
channel cards and summing amplifier. The program was led by Walt Hanstein and I was a junior engineer who worked on the system development. - Ralph Parris

Thanks Ralph! tell us some more! Fascinating!  Any one want to add some more info? Does anyone have prints for this card or other docs? - Ed Sharpe Archivist for SMECC



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Reeves Soundcraft Instrumentation Tape

 

 
Lettering on side of  Reeves Box

750-RCCH-400-FDC-265-1.5 MIL
275959

 
6 Inch tape reel with tape, composition is  aluminum .
 Note the Electrodata imprint on the reel.
 

board 5103138 4-30-64
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Vacuum Tubes used in Burroughs Computers

(From left to right) 6AQ5, 6BH6 & 6AL5
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Readers additions - The 3 vacuum tube may have been made at the Plainfield NJ plant. As I remember, there was a firm named Haydu (sp?) Brothers which was absorbed by Burroughs in the 50's time frame.

I worked for Burroughs/Unisys from 1955
until 1991 at the Paoli Research Center, 2nd Ave Detroit Engineering,
Plymouth Michigan Manufacturing, and Rancho Bernardo CA Semiconductor
operations. - Ralph Parris

We are actively seeking information  related to any of the topics presented on this page... please email info@smecc.org if you can be of assistance!

Thanks, Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC

 

Jack Aldridge's Burroughs Pocket Protector
M.A. Protection meant Maintenance Agreement Protection
(ŠThe Aldridge Collection at SMECC)


IBM 129 Card Removal Tool
(ŠThe Aldridge Collection at SMECC)

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Instruction card for the Burroughs E-1700 -  Front
Burroughs Form # 1028131 Rev 2-67

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Instruction card for the Burroughs E-1700 -  BACK
Burroughs Form # 1028131 Rev 2-67
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What was Sunrise Computer? seemed to be at Jack's home address and  showed activity in the   late 80's  research research research!
 

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