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Those who study the history of technology and science have long been interested in exploring the ways in which various products become wide-spread, and in recent years, there has been a rather focused interest in the promotion and marketing of devices such as the computer. The good people at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California have created this intriguing online collection and exhibition dedicated to computer marketing brochures from the years 1948 to 1988. This period marked an exponential growth in the power of such machines, particularly in terms of those marketed for personal use. All told, the site contains over 261 items, and visitors can use a very detailed search engine to look for specific documents of interest. From the collectionâs homepage, visitors can also browse around by decade, company, or application type. There are some real gems that should not be missed, including the brochure for the Atari 800 from 1980 and the promotional materials for the Pace 231R Analog Computer, which looks suspiciously like a massive control terminal that one would find at the dramatic conclusion of a James Bond movie of the same era.
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