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 YEAR: 1968
 ITEM: Paraphernalia
 COMPANY: The Other Computer Company: Honeywell
RARITY: Not rare   Click here for further information on our rarity scale Information on the rarity of this item is unknown.

Binary Playing Cards

These playing cards were a promotional deck for Honeywell Computers by Brown & Bigelow supplied as a dual-deck in a clear plastic box, with the cards marked in binary notation. The backs of the cards show two sculptures made from computer components of the time, wire, integrated circuits, transistors, resistors, diodes, switches, connectors, wheels and pulleys which were created by Jack N. Rindner. These animal sculptures also featured in Honeywell’s successful advertising campaigns for a number of years when they were competing against IBM to become the “Number Two” computer systems company, hence the name, “The Other Computer Company”. The tiger was supposed to tell “Ignore the computer if you dare” whilst the dragon says “Honeywell’s new computers introduce a little magic to banking”. Brown & Bigelow’s “Nu Vue” brand was first produced around 1960 and is mentioned on the joker as well as the plastic coating.

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