something IBM 3270-series maybe, but blank custom user definable keys? POS or call center application? idk I'm out of my depth here

So here’s the actual model number. And the broken key was actually an LED. Anyone know a museum that would be a good home for this thing?

@derek it kind of looks like a smaller space cadet

@icedquinn nah, digging deeper it looks like something related to an IBM 3270-series terminal

@derek You might find looking up the patent number helpful since they were nice enough to print it on the board. ☺

@derek looks like military stuff
Cortron 81 and Raytheon 6104-04 are nearly identical except the first left column

@derek I would guess something that wasn't tremendously popular based on how little wear there is on the keys. 😂

@derek This is new to me too so I’m very curious if anyone can ID this. It has partial features of a 3270, but home key side is very different

I’m guessing it’s industrial because the patent number linked to “George C. Devol”

If that’s the same George Devol who made Unimate’s first robotic arm, an industrial control system makes sense

@derek searching the licon number turned up a catalog for ITW Switches, which started out as the Licon division of Illinois Tool Works. page iv

studylib.net/doc/18597692/itw-

@derek Its an early Contron / ITW Licon keyboard from the early 1970s - a real find.

The 55-5000xx which I can't quite read will tell you what it was for. Not a layout I've ever seen documented though.

@derek That's no LED - that's a good old fashioned bulb! But I'm assuming that was supposed to be under a keytop - e.g. for a capslock or something?

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