Olivetti Te 300 Computer Terminal
Wythenshawe Computer Centre
The photograph (right) shows part of an Olivetti Terminal of the type that was used by the Bank after the initial computerisation
of its accounts.
A passbook was inserted into the terminal (a red Investment Account book is shown in the photograph) to enable
transactions to be printed therein.
Alongside the passbook is a blue withdrawal form and the white audit roll - both of which
were also printed with the current transaction being dealt with.
The cashier would input details of the transaction (eg transaction
type; account number; passbook balance; amount) via the keyboard at the front of the terminal.
The second photograph (by Steve
) shows a terminal that has recently been delivered to Weoley Castle branch
, shortly before the branch was connected to the
On-Line Real-Time computer system. A further photograph (below
) shows a terminal being operated in an administrative office, although
the normal environment for the majority of machines was to be located on a branch counter.
Note the control keys (for use
by the teller, supervisor, etc) bottom left, alongside a row of indicator lights. On the left of the terminal is the punched-tape
unit used as a back-up system to record transactions when the On-Line Real-Time was unavailable.
Initially, the terminals were
linked to a number of computer centres but, with the advances in computer technology, the network was eventually rationalised so
that all terminals in England and Wales were linked to the Wythenshawe Computer Centre (below); and in due course the cumbersome
Olivetti terminals were replaced with more modern designs.
Wythenshawe Computer Centre,