Five hole paper tape perforator. In early computers, data and programms were inputted using paper tape or punched cards.
Some of the keys on the punch have stickers with raised Braille indentation; other keys have probably lost their Braille stickers. The stickers are placed on the front side of the key buttons, so the operator would probably search for keys initially using their thumbs until they were able to type without needing to identify the keys first.
Hammertone grey metal device with keyboard, motor, punch and paper tape holder (also acting as a document support). The holder cotains a reel of paper tape; the reel does not extend to the punch mechanism. there is a black mains cable with plug at free end. Some of the keys have stickers with raised Braille indentation. The chard collector is hammertone grey metal device with collecting pod.
Keyboard: (QWERTY)(with Braille stickers) Metal plate on top: CREED & CO. Ltd. / LONDON / PATENT No, / (illegible) / MODEL NO. 7P-N4 / SERIAL NO. 5655 / (text) Metal plate on left side of keyboard: CREED & Co Ltd / LONDON / (text) MODEL NO 7P-N4 SERIAL No K5655 / CUSTOMER'S MARKING STYLE 3 Metal plate on motor: SER. No 6632 TYPE INDC /(text)
Type of item
540 mm (Width), 340 mm (Depth), 400 mm (Height)
Overall Dimensions of punch.
120 mm (Width), 110 mm (Depth), 115 mm (Height)
Overall Dimensions of chard collector.
5 Hole Paper Tape. Accessed 22 Aug 2013. [Link 1]