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IBM Executary Model 212

IBM Executary Model 212

IBM Executary Model 212
On October 17, 1960, IBM's Electric Typewriter Division announced that IBM was entering a new business — the manufacture and sale of dictation equipment. Exactly eight years later to the day, the company's Office Products Division (which had succeeded ETD in August 1964) introduced a second generation of dictation equipment — the IBM Executary line. Executary products were designed by Eliot Noyes & Associates and manufactured by IBM in Lexington, Ky. The Model 212 IBM Executary secretarial unit seen here featured a 14-minute magnetic belt, standard on all IBM dictating and recording equipment. It was 11 inches wide, 9.25 inches deep and 3.25 inches high, and weighed about 14 pounds. Although a blue front panel was standard, customers could order optional color panels at no extra charge. (VV4019)