Apple 1 Computer, 1976

Summary

This is one of the first 50 Apple 1 computers. Apple 1s were the first pre-assembled personal computers; Steve Wozniak assembled this one in Steve Jobs's family garage. Before the release of the Apple 1, owning a personal computer meant building it yourself. Wozniak's refined engineering skills, coupled with Jobs's bold marketing abilities, led to a revolutionary and affordable product--as well as a successful company.

This is one of the first 50 Apple 1 computers. Apple 1s were the first pre-assembled personal computers; Steve Wozniak assembled this one in Steve Jobs's family garage. Before the release of the Apple 1, owning a personal computer meant building it yourself. Wozniak's refined engineering skills, coupled with Jobs's bold marketing abilities, led to a revolutionary and affordable product--as well as a successful company.

Artifact

Microcomputer

Date Made

1976

Subject Date

1976-1980

Creators

Apple Computer, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Palo Alto 

Creator Notes

Motherboard for Apple 1 microcomputer manufactured by Apple Computer, Inc., with a monitor supplied by Sanyo Electric Company and keyboard with components produced by Micro Switch.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2014.113.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Chromium
Composition (Material)
Glass (Material)
Nonferrous metal
Paper (Fiber product)
Plastic (Organic material)
Rubber (Material)
Vinyl
Wood (Plant material)

Inscriptions

motherboard: Apple Computer 1 Palo Alto, Ca Copyright 1976 keyboard housing: Micro Switch Ser. No. 003095 Date 72/49 Freeport, Illinois U.S.A. Cat List. 555W1-6 Cust Part 601 0100053 keyboard circuit board: CPS 1 SW-10480 Micro Switch Freeport, Ill U.S.A. monitor: SANYO Leave a Space of at Least 2-in Behind the Cabinet for Ventilation Product Complies with DHEW Rules 21 CFR-SubChapter J Applicable at Date of Manufacture Caution High Voltage Inside . . . Sanyo Model No VM4209 AC 120V 60 Hz 32 Watts Sanyo Electric Inc. 1200 W. Artesia Blvd, Compton Calif. 90220 Manufactured by Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. Made in Japan Manufactured June 1979

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