Last updated: Feb 12, 2006


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Paul Rand and IBM Logo history ... ...

The ThirteenStriper lived on  ...

Determining the first use of the Thirteen Striper turned out to be much easier then trying to figure out the end of the line or last use.
First suggested in 1960 it was officially rejected in about 1962. By 1966 the Thirteenstriper appeared on the masthead of the first Time Share System the TSS/360. It remained on the masthead of the entire 360 family of computers until it was replaced by the Eightstriper with the introduction of the System 370 family and started shipping in the summer of 1970. One would have thought that would have been the end of the line for the ThirteenStriper. It was only a start of a new life. The Thirteen Striper logo continued to be the logo of choice for the for the System 3 a direct descendant of the original TSS/360 system. The System 3 was the first of a line of midrange business systems 34, 38, 36 and the first AS400. It remained in limited use related to the AS400 into the new millennium!

Selectric II Ad


1967 through the dawn of the System 370 - The ThirteenStriper represented the next generation and was used on a variety of items including pins and needles ...

IBM System 3 with ThirteenStriper

System 3 Logics


1969 - System 3 Sports the Thirteenstriper ...

In 1969 IBM released the System 3 sporting the ThirteenStriper on the front. The System 3 is the great Grandfather of the AS/400. The System 34 and System 36 were extension and enhancements on the System 3. The System 38 was the start of a new architecture that has resulted in the AS/400 family of computers we have today.

System 3 Documentation came in all flavors ...

Field engineering "Logics" was still sporting the open block letter logo of the early 360 throughout the System 360 family. System 3 and some of the early 370 documentation was known to be in ThirteenStriped binders. I was once told that shortly after ordering a large quanity of thirteenstripers the eight striper was adopted. Over time the old stock of binders just got used in places where it did not matter. The ThirteenStriper could be found on an odd mix of documentation until the eightstriper became the exclusive standard.

Selectric II Ad


1971 - IBM Selectric II used a ThirteenStriper Logo ...

In 1971 IBM introduced the Selectric II typewriter using the ThirteenStriper as the Logo of choice in this ad.

IBM PC jr Monitor Screen


1984 - the IBMPCjr proudly displayed the Thirteenstriper ...

The 1984 release of the IBM PCjr proudly displayed the Thirteen Striper on boot up. The computer and its packaging was all done in the 8 line logo but the Monitor / Memory check screen has a Thirteenstriper proudly displayed along with a color bar and memory size.

Gold Thitreen Striper


Use of the ThirteenStriper extends into the new millennium ...

I have found examples of the ThirteenStriper being used in gold on letter head as late as February 2000 !  This was on the AS/400 Application Development tools and Middleware manager welcome letter used to welcome members into the AS/400 developers group.

And then there was the French FifteenStriper ...


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