This technology history 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 Limited, the Australian company founded in 1917 to develop, manufacture and export these systems.
Electro-Mechanical Computing on an industrial scale
This is the Julius Tote Barometer Indicators at the Hialeah racetrack in Miami where the first Automatic Totalisators Limited's system was installed in America in 1932. These indicators are not driven by an electronic computer system but an electro-mechanical computing system totalizator, long before the advent of computer based totalizator systems. Inside the first floor of this building is the Julius Tote Machine Room containing the Straight, Place and Show pool mainframes. The Show pool mainframe is in the first photograph of the Hialeah Racetrack in Miami section of the Photo Gallery. To view this, click on the image and scroll up and select the first image thumbnail. On the ground floor level of this building there are 11 selling/cashier windows. The left hand group have signs indicating that they are cashier windows and the right hand group are identified as selling windows where the Julius Ticket Issuing Machines (TIMs) are installed. There is a punter purchasing a ticket at the 9th window. There may be more selling positions at the rear of this building. Most of the TIMs are probably in the stand shown in the second image in the Photo Gallery. This system had 110 TIMs. It looks like the photo of the stand was taken from the roof of this building.
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Photo by Ray B. Dame