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    Coopers making casks for whale oil. New Bedford Wharves, late 1800s.

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    The offices of the Central Social Institution of Prague, Czechoslovakia with the largest vertical letter file in the world. Consisting of cabinets arranged from floor to ceiling tiers covering over 4000 square feet containing over 3000 drawers 10 feet long. It has electric operated elevator desks which rise, fall and move left or right at the push of a button. to stop just before drawer desired. The drawers also open and close electronically. Thus work which formerly taxed 400 workers is now done by 20 with a minimum of effort.
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    "Consisting of cabinets arranged from floor to ceiling tiers covering over 4000 square feet containing over 3000 drawers 10 feet long."

    And to think, all that would probably fit on a single 64 gigabyte flash drive you could carry in your shirt pocket.
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    mklotz, the Europeans have LONG been using "Vertical Space" to meet their Needs, I was in Germany in 1971, and visited a Jewelers Supply Store. Think Diamonds, Emeralds, Saphires, Rubies, etc.

    From the BASEBOARD to approx 6 feet, drawers, 1 inch tall 8-10 inches wide maybe 18 inches in length . . . . On a wall 15 - 20 FEET Long.

    Request your needed Gem and they would walk to an UNMARKED DRAWER, and bring you your specified Gem in several sizes, and maybe Cut Shapes as well.
    My Friend (a German Citizen) ran the Language Barrior for me, Not that they did not speak ENGLISH, but out of Respect for their trade. We Spent $500.00 (combined) and they treated us like we were Old Time Customers, Tea & Biscuits don't you know!

    BTW, to Enter that room we were buzzed in after Video/Voice reply to their "door Bell", 12 foot hall Video Monitors both ends! Double Electro-Mechanical Latches both doors. Foyer with Door Bell. ground floor. First their elevator opens, enter and (of Course a Video Monitor) we are taken to the Second floor where the Hall way had a small meeting room thenthose DOORS!

    All in All, a very exciting memory, and an Understanding of German Enginneering.

    philip, from the Great Pacific NorthWET, todays Weather a Light Washington Mist, It HIT Oregon & Missed Washington.

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    You're right on the money, Marv! Using the standard that 1 page of text ~ 1kilobyte, and 1800 pages/lineal foot from here https://www.ilmcorp.com/tools-and-re...ges-or-images/ it comes out to ~54Gb.

    Heck you would have room left over for a decent photo or music library! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    "Consisting of cabinets arranged from floor to ceiling tiers covering over 4000 square feet containing over 3000 drawers 10 feet long."

    And to think, all that would probably fit on a single 64 gigabyte flash drive you could carry in your shirt pocket.
    Hi Marv, your comment on tech changes made me think of the Brisbane City computer room which was about the same size. The small Dec 10 mainframe was used for file movements within the staffing area (about 15,000) during the 70's & 80's.

    I would deliver the software cards for the readers of the proper mainframe housed in a giant room with its own back up aircon to manage the proper temp & it was in a fully sealed room that had a 7 second warnibg to staff if it was about to inject poisonous gasses to protect the mainframe from possoble fire. I would see reels spinning everywhere. card readers were clicking away but not heard through the bullit proof glass unless one was invited into the room. Although it was the third biggest municipality in the world at the time & way smaller than our state & federal govts, it had the biggest computer in the southern hemi. About 300000 rate payers, stores, libraries, water supply , electricity generation until 1976, works, parks etc etc etc.

    All that could be done on a much small piece of kit now, but I am privaliged to have been one of a few who were allowed onto the floor let alone into "the room".
    The mind boggles re NASA etc

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    So what years was this wall used?

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    The manager looks chuffed while others look somewhat glad to have a break for the pose.
    This post refers to #580.
    Last edited by ranald; 03-24-2019 at 12:21 AM. Reason: reference

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    The Reel Cove Coal Mine near Whitwell showing the workers' train. Marion County, Tennessee. 1952.

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    More sardines or Sheep as Frank would say.
    Cool train , looks like a kids one in a theme park but dustier, deadlier, & more riveting.

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