Norman Bel Geddes Database
Job 558, International Business Machines, 1943-1953
Between late 1943 and 1947, Geddes’s office worked for IBM on the design of business machines and workstations, notably designing the enclosure for the IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC), an electromechanical computer for Harvard, which named it the Mark I, and a new casing for IBM’s electric typewriter. Geddes’s partners in this enterprise were Katherine B. Gray, Roger L. Nowland, and Peter Schladermundt. By mid-March 1944, the partnership had dissolved, but existing contractual obligations were completed under the name of Norman Bel Geddes & Company, using the “same personnel ... now engaged ... with identical supervision and standards of operation.”
The job file consolidates designs and prospects for calculators, a paper rack and calculator exhibit (jobs 511, 517, 518, 519, 568), a secretarial desk and chair (jobs 558, 564), a typewriter (jobs 559, 565), a truck (jobs 532, 563), the "Think" sign and magazine (job 561), a card punching machine (job 567), a building (job 568), and a building sign (job 569).