Osborne Portable Computer, Model OCC1, 1981-1982

Summary

The Osborne 1 is the first mass-produced portable computer--a suitcase-sized "luggable" system weighing 23.5 pounds. It was one of the first bundled systems, with an inclusive package of hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheet, and BASIC programs. Despite initial success, when Osborne declared bankruptcy in 1983, it became the prototype victim of sudden, devastating, technological crashes in high-tech economies.

The Osborne 1 is the first mass-produced portable computer--a suitcase-sized "luggable" system weighing 23.5 pounds. It was one of the first bundled systems, with an inclusive package of hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheet, and BASIC programs. Despite initial success, when Osborne declared bankruptcy in 1983, it became the prototype victim of sudden, devastating, technological crashes in high-tech economies.

Artifact

Microcomputer

Date Made

1981-1982

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.356.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)
Copper alloy
Plastic (Organic material)
Iron alloy

Dimensions

Height: 8.75 in

Width: 14.75 in

Length: 20 in

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