Radio Shack Personal Computer, Model TRS-80 II, 1979-1980

Summary

Introduced in 1979 by popular electronics company Tandy RadioShack, this microcomputer was marketed as a powerful, multitasking business machine. Big and small businesses alike established a culture of personal computers in the workplace. In opposition to previous generations who built and programmed their own machines, TRS users were discouraged by the company to tamper with its proprietary hardware and software.

Introduced in 1979 by popular electronics company Tandy RadioShack, this microcomputer was marketed as a powerful, multitasking business machine. Big and small businesses alike established a culture of personal computers in the workplace. In opposition to previous generations who built and programmed their own machines, TRS users were discouraged by the company to tamper with its proprietary hardware and software.

Artifact

Microcomputer

Date Made

1979-1980

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

95.113.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 14 in  (processor)

Width: 17 in  (processor)

Length: 21.25 in  (processor)

Height: 2.5 in  (keyboard)

Width: 7.75 in  (keyboard)

Length: 17.875 in  (keyboard)

Inscriptions

"Radio Shack TRS-80 Model II Micro Computer" CUSTOM MANUFACTURED IN USA BY RADIO SHACK A DIVISION OF TANDY CORPORATION, FORT WORTH TEXAS 76102/

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