Dictaphone Dual Display system

This is the Dictaphone Dual System base unit with a model number of 3002.  This is an Intel 8085 based word processor that was available through Artec International, a subsidiary of Pitney Bowes.  Dating from mid to late 1981 based on the dating of the internal chips.

5 Responses

  1. Engicoder says:

    Nice. Had a chance to power this up yet? What does it mean by “Dual Display” can you connect this to a TV or monitor?

  2. Mike Woolley says:

    Dual display refers to the fact that it had a full screen monitor (green-screen) on the main terminal as well as the single line display on each of the keyboards. They would not connect to any regular monitor as far as I’m aware.
    The system I used was running in 1983, long before any type of PC was commonplace. It was a main unit with three networked terminals consisting of the keyboard shown with a built in single line display. The dual full monitor style display was directly attached to the main unit. It also had several 8-inch drives attached with removable ‘cassettes’ and lived inside it’s own air-conditioned room.
    Anyone know what OS or software these were supposed to run ?

  3. kris edwards says:

    Had one of these years ago. Actually used it to do a resume in 1994. I not only had the full page display, but also the (extremely loud) daisy wheel printer. That printer sounded like a machine gun, but it looked way better than my dot matrix. Sadly, my mom threw it away somewhere around 2000.

  4. Amy Potts says:

    I worked on this system at Pitney Bowes in the mid 80’s … but only worked with the single line display screen – created some great tables with just that display screen! They used to run on 8″ disks.

  5. Michelle says:

    I worked for Dictaphone from 1975 to 1980. I was the local DC area FE when they introduced the Intel 80/20 computer system for tracking and managing transcription work load. The ICC in DC was the very first customer and I baby sat that things for months. I wish I could find a picture of it. The system used the Lear-Seigler ADM-3A terminal….. Good times…..

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