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.
Selling Windows at Harold Park Trots - Electromechanical Computing
Selling windows with ticket issuing machines at Harold Park in 1958. This image has been included as it gives an indication of what the Julius Tote TIMs (Ticket Issuing Machines) looked like installed in a tote house. Although these machines look like J10s, with push button control they remind me of what the J8 with their radial runner selector handles, looked like in the tote houses in Brisbane when I was working on the PDP11 computer tote system with its J22 TIMs. The J8 and the J10 have exactly the same case so they look very similar. More after the image...
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In Brisbane, after the new J22s were installed there were still unused selling benches as crowds had moved to different areas of the track and the old Julius Tote TIMs remained installed left unused for a a very long time, in some cases till the tote house which housed them was demolished. It is interesting to see how methods of installation have changed. Have a look at the cable retaining system under the benches. It is quite a piece of carpentry looking like a long cupboard with access doors under each TIM. It looks like something that would be very expensive to build nowadays. Today we would see this in plastic cable ducts too often seen with their lids torn off in a frenzy, leaving the cables spilling out onto the floor, as there is no time to tidy them up and fiddle with getting the lids snapped back on. The cable retaining system in this image still looks very neat and tidy, probably a long time after it was constructed. The Automatic Totalisators emblem can be seen on each machine on the front on the lower wooden half of the machine below the lid lock which is in the front upper metal half.
There would not be many people nowadays, if they could see these systems working, who would not say this is a computer system. It is interesting to note that the Julius Tote TIMs often outlived the Julius Tote era and continued to operate with new Minicomputer based totalisator systems.