Old IBM Ad: “150 Extra Engineers!”

by Joey deVilla on August 10, 2009

Alternate titles for this ad: 150 Receding Hairlines! 150 Giant Foreheads!

IBM "Electronic Calculator" ad: "150 Extra Engineers"

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Here’s the text of the ad:

150 Extra Engineers

An IBM Electronic Calculator speeds through thousands of intricate computations so quickly that on many complex problems it’s like having 150 EXTRA Engineers.

No longer must valuable engineering personnel…now in critical shortage…spend priceless creative time at routine repetitive figuring.

Thousands of IBM Electronic Business Machines…vital to our nation’s defense…are at work for science, industry and the armed forces, in laboratories, factories and offices, helping to meet urgent demands for greater production.

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1 Dan Godfrey August 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm

oh Sh!T!! Tom Demarco reconsiders the concept of metrics now this we are all going to be out of a job come tomorrow morning. lol

2 Dan Godfrey August 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm


3 PHenry August 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I’m not sure whether this is something to brag about this or not, but I used to use a slide rule back in high school. Not cause it was current (DOH!) but cause I thought it was cool. Yup, true geek at heart! :> haha Numb3rs rules! :>

4 Pmartin August 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Ah, the slide rule…

The good old days

5 Brook Juan Sebastián January 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

I have it! But in mine’s, the door of the Calculator is closed, like that one: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/24/42294714_47ac283510.jpg

Greetings from Argentina!

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