This page contains a photograph which is one of several belonging to the photo gallery pages which are part of several pages relating to
the invention of the world's first automatic totalizator in 1913 and Automatic Totalisators, the company founded to develop, manufacture and export these systems.
Longchamps racecourse France circa 1929. The Julius tote that this building housed was nicknamed "The Insatiable Moloch" by a Paris newspaper. I took a photograph of this building in 2008 long after The Insatiable Moloch had been superseded by a computer totalisator in 1973, at which time this Julius tote had been operating for 45 years. The life span of computing systems has certainly changed since then! The French engineers employed by PMC, the company that replaced the old Julius Tote with a computer system, were so impressed by the old system that they felt compelled to donate parts of it to a Paris Museum.
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