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March 17, 2011 – February 11, 2013

American History Museum
14th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 1st Floor, Constitution Ave. Entrance, Artifact Walls

COBOL, or Common Business Orientated Language, was one of the first computer-programming languages to run successfully on different brands of computers; it was devised 50 years ago by a committee of programmers to combat the problem of each manufacturer using a different computer language. This display case features parts of two of the first computers -- built by different manufacturers -- to run COBOL, the actual printout from the first successful test of the language, and related documents.

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