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REMINGTON RAND BUSINESS SERVICE INC. Remington Rand was formed by the merger of the Remington Typewriter Company, Rand Kardex Company, and Powers Accounting Machine Company in 1927. From its inception until 1958, it was led by founder James Rand, Jr. of North Tonawanda, New York.

From 1942 to 1945, Remington Rand was one manufacturer of the M1911A1 .45 caliber automatic pistol used by the United States Armed Forces during WORLD WAR II. Remington Rand produced more M1911A1 pistols than any other wartime manufacturer.

In 1950, Remington Rand acquired the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, founded by the makers of the ENIAC, and in 1952, they acquired Engineering Research Associates (ERA), both of which were pioneers in electronic computing. At that time, Remington Rand had become one of the biggest computer companies in the United States.

Remington Rand was acquired by Sperry Corporation in 1955 to form a company then known as Sperry Rand (later shortened to Sperry). Sperry merged in 1986 with Burroughs to form Unisys.

The 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed the BANK AND INSURANCE BUILDING.

The 1934 Dubuque City Directory listed 131 W. 7th.

The 1937 Dubuque Consurvey Directory through 1964 Dubuque City Directory listed 133 W. 7th for Remington Rand Inc.