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Royal McBee LGP-30 (1956)

The LGP-30 was originally manufactured by Royal McBee, a typewriter company. Royal McBee eventually sold their computer division to Control Data Corporation (CDC).

Featured in Ed Nather's "The Story of Mel", the LGP-30 has secured a place in hacker lore.

From the Computer History Museum's description:

"The LGP-30 was a small drum-based computer marketed to engineering, scientific and educational users."

For more information, check out the Computer History Museum's description of this machine.

Photo credit: Jitze Couperus

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