Heathkit H88 Computer, 1979

Summary

The Heath Company was founded in the 1920s as a "do-it-yourself" electronics kit provider. "Heathkits" provided simple, accessible instructions understandable to amateurs and experts alike. As hobbyists built radios, televisions, and computers from scratch, they gained electronics skills. These kits were not novelties, but emphasized access to affordable, advanced, high-performance technology. Parallels easily be seen within present-day "Maker" culture.

The Heath Company was founded in the 1920s as a "do-it-yourself" electronics kit provider. "Heathkits" provided simple, accessible instructions understandable to amateurs and experts alike. As hobbyists built radios, televisions, and computers from scratch, they gained electronics skills. These kits were not novelties, but emphasized access to affordable, advanced, high-performance technology. Parallels easily be seen within present-day "Maker" culture.

Artifact

Microcomputer

Date Made

1979

Creators

Heath Company 

Zenith Data Systems (Firm) 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Benton Harbor 

Creator Notes

Made by Heath Company and Zenith Data Systems, Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2010.53.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Drs. Ralph and Gertrude Gregory.

Material

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

Color

Black (Color)
Gray (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 12 in

Width: 17 in

Depth: 19.25 in

Inscriptions

On label on front: Heathkit H89 On back label: HEATH/ MODEL/ H88/ SERIES NO./ 00944

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