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May 072012

HP 2647A terminal and 100 E-Series

This weekend a bunch of NYCR members went to the Vintage Computer Festival East (8.0), held at the InfoAge / MARCH computer history museum in Wall, NJ. Read on for more photos from the musuem.

Daniel Kottke

Daniel Kottke, Apple employee #12, gave a keynote about the history of developing the early Apples in Job’s garage through the initial Mac design.

PDP-11 Wirewrap

One of the highlights was a functional wire-wrapped DEC PDP-11.


VT102 and VT220

Connected to it was the original terminal, the VT05, as well as VT-102 and VT-220 terminals.


With the Homebrew computer skills, along with the best use of desktop computers, this organization is doing a good job with their business.  Homebrew computers were in abundance. Here are some hackers hacking away on an unknown system, surrounded by a TI Silent 700, a SWTP 6800 and a PERCOM floppy drive.

Apple II clones

There were Apple II’s and many clones were on exhibit at the show.

Apple 1 (Replica)

Inside the MARCH exhibits at the museum were such notables as an original Apple 1. Note the lock on the custom case — a working model recently sold at auction for $213k, so they don’t want this one to go missing!

Apollo Guidance Computer

Frank O’Brien has an exhibit on the Apollo Guidance Computer to go along with his excellent book.

Univac 1540 tape drive

In the punch-card era room is a Univac 1540 tape drive, with dual tape decks. It was also considered a “mobile computer”, in that it could fit inside a trailer or submarine.

Amdahl 4705 front panel

And in the warehouse are such treasures as an Amdahl 4705, but the museum lacks the funds to restore and exhibit them. You can donate to MARCH on their website to help bring some of this historical artifacts back to life.

There are some more photos of the museum and exhibits from our trip. You might also enjoy these photos of our restoration of an IBM 129 data data recorder — MARCH provided NOS ribbons so that we can read the printouts.

Osborne 1

And finally, one of our purchases at the consignment booth at the show claims “No user servicable parts”. We’ll see about that in a later post…

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  1. Wow, that HP terminal (next to the HP mini) in the photo at the top of the page brings back memories. It was very expensive at the time and was highly programmable. There were two tape drives for storing data and programs.

  2. Oh, where to begin? A PDP-11, where  many a wannabe learned to hack. Wire wrapped circuits ( FYI that’s where connections are made by wrapping wire around posts that are connected to the ICs). And its _still_running_ after all these years. If there isn’t a PDP-11 in the next world…uh, let me get back to you. 

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