Univac 4118511-01 keyboard from 1968

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

21 Dec 2019, 23:02

The earliest keyboard I have now. This is a Univac keyboard with Micro Switch switches from 1968. This is likely from a console of some type as it has a "return" key and the keyboard assembly is embedded in a metal plate that looks like it screws into a bigger console (it is not a stand-alone keyboard). While this does resemble the Univac Uniscope 100, that uses different key switches and is a more compact design. If anyone has heard these, they are very clicky and loud but even so, this still has a clicker.

Here are some pics:
Univac keyboard - top.JPG
Univac keyboard - top.JPG (321.71 KiB) Viewed 539 times
Univac keyboard - tear.JPG
Univac keyboard - tear.JPG (347.74 KiB) Viewed 539 times
Univac keyboard - Keyboard mechanism top.JPG
Univac keyboard - Keyboard mechanism top.JPG (453.53 KiB) Viewed 539 times
Univac keyboard - mechanism profile.JPG
Univac keyboard - mechanism profile.JPG (232.22 KiB) Viewed 539 times
Univac keyboard -  mechaism side view.JPG
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Univac keyboard - Micro Switch close ups.JPG
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Univac keyboard - markings.JPG
Univac keyboard - markings.JPG (389.79 KiB) Viewed 539 times
Univac keyboard - clicker relay.JPG
Univac keyboard - clicker relay.JPG (344.58 KiB) Viewed 539 times

Fkazim

22 Dec 2019, 03:06

Those Micro Switches look amazing!

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snacksthecat
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22 Dec 2019, 03:19

Really nice photos! I've never imagined switches so tall before. And those red wires look super delicate. Glad it's in such great condition especially considering it's over 50 years old!

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Chyros

22 Dec 2019, 11:09

Haha, very nice! I've been trying to find some MS MS for a while now xD .

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

25 Dec 2019, 16:14

As requested, an added pic: This is the space bar stabilizer. The square hole is where a key switch protrudes to make contact with one side of the space bar. My other Univac Micro Switch keyboard does not have a space bar arrangement like this.
Univac keyboard - space bar.JPG
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