Ancient banking in Indonesia

On Thursday I visited a bank museum ((Museum Mandiri) in Jakarta. Clearly the building has a hard time obscuring its Dutch heritage. Of course, it used to be owned by the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij. Being Dutch and from a post-colonial generation, it felt strange to see such familiar signs in a distant country like Indonesia.

The building itself is very interesting. The museum shows the history of banking in Indonesia. It also displays a number of coin counting machines, and an enormous amount of old type writers.
From the electronic age it also has some ancient ATMs and computers.

A flock of ancient ATM machines

These computers, such as IBM’s S/390, were certainly not designed to be on your lap, as the one I am now writing this post on.

computer tapes for storing data

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If you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth a short visit: Museum Mandiri

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Maurice Vergeer

I am Maurice Vergeer, working at Communication Science department of the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.