Welcome to the Old Computer Museum!
Early personal computers were nothing like present day computers - they had personality!
Each was different and more exciting than the previous, with new features and capabilities.
This website is dedicated to the preservation and display of these vintage computer systems.
"Click" on the computer pictures below to explore old computers from the dawn of time and re-live the past.
The smallest and lightest laptop at the time has an elegant task-switching operating system, but won't run anyone else's software.
$500 - 1987
The first practical pocket computer (or PDA - Personal Digital Assistant) can edit, store, and recall text entries on it's 16-character display.
$130 - 1984
First released in Japan, this is the American version, although it still has the colorful orange keys.
$350 - 1981
The "Cube" is what Steve Jobs made after he quit Apple Computers in 1985.
$6,500 - 1989
It's a black metal, 12-inch cube-shaped system, with a removable cartridge which hold the operating system, the software and applications, and all of the users data.
This contains everything needed for a fully-functional stand-alone computer system - a full-size keyboard,
40x6 upper/lower-case orange plasma display, built-in floppy drive, and a thermal printer, making it one of the first-ever
portable computer systems available.
$5,000 - 1979
This system has that classic, sweeping, futuristic look, like you might see in a science fiction movie,
and the name evokes images of technological superiority. It's not the first computer, but it is one of the best looking.
$3,000 - 1979
The attractive and stylish HP-9830A is actually one of the very first desktop computer systems ever, and as a bonus, it's entirely self-contained.
$6,000 - 1973
Designed before the time of common computer microprocessor chips, the HP-9830A is comprised of hundreds of individual computer chips.
The ThinkPad series of notebook computers were an immediate hit, and collected more than 300 awards for quality and design.
$2,400 - 1992
Although bought out by Chinese company Lenovo in 2005, the ThinkPad line of notebooks remains extremely popular with over 200 different
models and over 60 million notebook computers sold over the decades.
Everyone has heard of Xerox - they used to be a big deal.
$3,000 - 1981
This is their first inexpensive computer system for the office, known as the "Worm".
The "Worm" is a jab at Apple computers - the "Worm" will eat their "Apple".
The DTR-1 (Desk Top Replacement) hand-held pen-based computer was the world's smallest 486 (CPU) computer, and one of the first palmtops to run Microsoft Windows 3.1.
$2,500 - 1993
It turns out that running Windows on a tiny 5-inch screen wasn't so great - Dauphin filed for bankruptcy protection in January 1995.
This 10-pound portable MS-DOS system has 5-1/4 inch floppy drives - pretty big for a battery-powered portable.
$2,000 - 1984
It was the last computer system sold by George Morrow, who filed for bankruptcy in March 1986.
AT&T EO 440
When fully decked-out, the EO-440 "Personal Communicator" is the world's first phablet (phone + tablet) with wireless FAX, email, and cell phone capabilites,
allowing you to calculate your budget, then FAX it directly to the office, while you relax at the beach.
$2,000 - 1993
Ampro Little Board
Ampro described their "Little Board" as the world's simplest and least expensive CP/M computer.
$350 - 1984
It is a complete, miniature single-board computer (SBC) that mounts directly to a standard 5-1/4 inch floppy drive.
This is often considered "the first desktop color graphic computer".
$2,700 - 1976
It used 8-track tapes for data storage, similar to the consumer audiophile version used to play music in the 1970's.
Possibly the first really useful tablet computer, it was an MS-DOS box with a touchscreen and stylus for use with hand writing recognition software.
$2,370 - 1989
Pied Piper Communicator 1
At the time, the least expensive, truly portable computer with a built-in disk drive.
$1,300 - 1983
The single internal floppy drive stores 784K of data - an huge amount in comparison to other systems.
With Spectravideo's CompuMate BASIC keyboard enhancer, you can do more just play video games on your Atari 2600 VCS.
$100 - 1983
For less than $100, you can transform your VCS into your own personal computer.
Zenith Z-171 PC
Zenith was sucessful in winning a $27 million contact to supply the IRS with around 15,000 portable 1 computers.
$2,700 - 1985
Due to its early design, this is one of the few battery-powered computers with large 5-1/4 inch floppy drives,
Osborne went bankrupt in 1983 before they could even release the Vixen.
$1,300 - 1985
They survived bankruptcy, and in 1985 finally introduced the Vixen (an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman) to the public.
DEC Rainbow 100
In the 1980s, DEC was the second largest computer company in the United States, after IBM.
$3,250 - 1982
Different models of the "Rainbow" were available, but the most basic model is text only, with a monochrome display - no rainbow available.