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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Philadelphia - Birthplace of the Computer

We arrived in Philadelphia with plenty of daylight left so took a quick run down town to get a feel for the city.  Naturally, I headed first for 33rd and Walnut, the location of the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering.  And there was the state historical marker that I wanted to photograph.
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If that claim for the first digital computer sounds familiar, it may be because you remember a similar claim that I photographed in Ames, Iowa.
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Resolving the conflicts between those two claims requires the skill of a "Philadelphia lawyer."  And you can certainly find them advertised here, right alongside the freeways.
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And when the holders of Penn's claim sued the rest of the computer industry, Iowa's claim came to light and saved the day.

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