Good post by Robert Garner (thank you)
I was also intrigued about whether it would even be practical to restore a transistorized computer from the early 1960s, especially after thirty years of uncontrolled storage in a questionable climate. After posting “An IBM 1401 Needs Help” ad in the IBM San Jose Retirement Newsletter, I was grateful when about a dozen retired IBMers stepped forward to bring the 1401 back to life. As they were mostly customer and manufacturing engineers who had serviced IBM 1401s in its day, I couldn’t have wished for a better team of experienced, enthusiastic, and witty story telling volunteers. After securing donations, IBM and Maersk crated and shipped a 1401 from Germany plus its crucial documentation to the CHM in the spring of 2004.
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