The IBM 1401 Data Processing System transformed data processing and became one of the most popular computers of all time. Travel back in time to 1959 and experience the sights and sounds of a business computer center. This exhibit re-creates a working medium-size computer operation from the 1960s, including working keypunches, printers, card readers, sorters and tape drives.
Following the general advisories on public groups & assembly by the Santa Clara County Health Department, we are temporarily suspending all public tours and demonstrations until further notice.
CHM’s IBM 1401 is maintained and demonstrated by a corps of highly trained volunteers. Visitors can experience the system in action Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
The IBM 1401 was very successful; over 12,000 were sold. Like all early computers, however, 1401s were very labor-intensive to build, with little automation.
Travel back in time to 1959 and experience the sights and sounds of a business computer center.
Visitors of all ages enjoy the exhilaration of using a 026 printing card punch