This picture is one of the set taken by Tommy Thomas in June 1998, shown on his website. It is copied here with his kind permission.
This shows the
Replica Baby at its final site in the
Museum of Science and Industry in
Manchester, in the 1830 Warehouse
(the first ever railway warehouse). There are no
pictures extant of the original Baby. The familiar pictures show the Manchester
Mark 1 in earlier or later stages of its physical evolution from the Baby.
Although these pictures were invaluable in the process of making a faithful
reconstruction of the Baby, especially a set of detailed close-ups made by
Alec Robinson in late 1948, the Rebuild
Team had to
establish which components were part of the original Baby (and would therefore
be positioned correctly) and which belonged to circuitry added or changed for
the enlarged machine (and so would not be in the Replica). Therefore the
pictures taken in the 1830 Warehouse
(especially with its wooden floor!) are the most accurate pictures available!
(The main problem is that the Replica is too clean. The cleaner was ordered
never to touch the Baby, and so it was covered in Manchester grime -- there was
no clean air act in 1948!).