Digital Collections

This collection consists of photographs documenting the creation, production, and marketing of the Bendix Corporation's flagship analytical instrument, the Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (TOFMS), predominantly dating from the 1960s and 1970s. Photographs of different models of the TOFMS and its various component parts, including mass sequencers, cell sample inlet systems, respiratory gas analyzers, and magnetic electron multipliers, make up the bulk of the collection, with a small subset of photographs devoted to gas chromatographs. By and large, the photographs are staged publicity images used for advertising and manuals and only a few photographs capture the instruments in use in a laboratory setting. Photographs of the Bendix Corporation and sales booths of competing companies at the 1973 PITTCON round out the collection.