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Remington Rand

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October 1949. Kardex.
August 1951.
September 1953. Remington 60.
October 1953.
December 1953.
March 1955.

of Commonwealth House, 1 New Oxford Street, London, WC1. Telephone: Chancery 8888. Cables: "Remandco, Westcent, London".

1927 Remington Typewriter Company merged with Rand Kardex Company to form Remington Rand, to manufacture office equipment and later became a major computer company, as well as manufacturing electric razors - see Remington Shavers. Also acquired the Powers Accounting Machine Company which became known as the "Tabulating Machine Division" of Remington.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of Office Machines; Systems; Equipment. "Kardex" Visible Records; Production Charts; Visible Suspension Filing; Visible Indexing Equipment; Insulated Cabinets; Ledger Card Equipment. (Offices Supplies Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. B.1421) [1]

1949 Remington Rand produced the 409, said to be the world’s first business computer, later sold as the UNIVAC 60 and 120.

1950 Purchased the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation of Philadelphia, a company formed by the developers of ENIAC, the world's first general-purpose computer.

1951 Eckert-Mauchly delivered the first model of the UNIVAC I Series to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

1952 Remington Rand purchased Engineering Research Associates (ERA) of St. Paul, Minn., another early mover in electronic computers. After acquisition by Remington Rand, ERA's first 2 computers were renamed UNIVAC 1101.

1955 Merged with Sperry Corp to form Sperry Rand Corporation.

1960 Private company registered 18th March as Remington Rand (Office Equipment) Ltd.

1960 Name changed 1 April.

1961 Typewriter and office equipment manufacturers. [2]

1965 Introduced the 1108, the first multiprocessor computer.

1974 Introduced the Sperry Remington word processing system. The system consisted of an electric typewriter linked to a small computer. Anything typed on the machine is recorded on magnetic cards or tape cassettes in the computer.[3]

1986 Merged with Burroughs Adding Machine Co to form Unisys Corporation.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 375; and p231
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Engineer 1974/02/07 p 17.
  • History of Unisys [1]
  • [2] History of Sperry Rand.