Computer History

Intro
VENDORS: ABComputers | Computer Mail Order East | WEB International | The Wiz
MAGAZINES: Amiga World | Byte | C Journal | Cursor | Midnite Software Gazette | Power/Play | Run | Timex Sinclair User
NEWSLETTERS: CBM64 Exchange Club | The Jeffries Report | Tidewater Commodore Users Group (TCUG) | Young Peoples' LOGO Association (YPLA)
SOFTWARE: Aardvark | Abacus | Access Software | BrainBank | Electronic Arts | Sierra Online | subLogic | Ventura Publisher
ONLINE: America Online (AOL) | Citibank | Minitel | Prodigy
HARDWARE: Apple | Atari | Commodore | Fairchild | Hewlett-Packard/General Electric
IBM | Odyssey2 | Osborne | RCA | Texas Instruments | Zenith
EPHEMERA: Cassette Tapes | Floppy Disks | Conference Badges


Floppy Disks

Samples from my many hundreds of 5 1/4" floppy disks. You'll note that some are notched twice so both sides can be used.

This Apple diskette uses both sides, a feature not commonly used commercially since most diskettes weren't certified for use on both sides. You can see the label on the back of the disk:

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Novelty diskettes like these were popular for a while because they added some flair to the otherwise bland world of matte black diskettes:

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Boxes

Disks usually came in boxes of 10 that looked like this:

Labels, Tabs and Other Tchotchkes

Labels usually came in several colors like red, green, blue, black and yellow. Here are some assorted labels:



Sticker that came with selected Elephant Memory Systems disks

These labels were conveniently provided in one fold-up sheet:



This warning was included on the back of the labels shown above:

Labels for 3.5" diskettes (front and back shown):

These tabs are for covering the notch to write-protect the disk. They usually came in black or silver, and for some reason they came in a variety of sizes even though the notch was always the same size. Some brands stuck better than others.

Front and back of the warranty card that came with boxes of Maxell disks:

Looking for more diskette sleeves and accessories? Try Dan's 20th Century Abandonware or the 5 1/4" Disk Sleeve Archive and Crimson Systems' collection of floppy disks.


Intro
VENDORS: ABComputers | Computer Mail Order East | WEB International | The Wiz
MAGAZINES: Amiga World | Byte | C Journal | Cursor | Midnite Software Gazette | Power/Play | Run | Timex Sinclair User
NEWSLETTERS: CBM64 Exchange Club | The Jeffries Report | Tidewater Commodore Users Group (TCUG) | Young Peoples' LOGO Association (YPLA)
SOFTWARE: Aardvark | Abacus | Access Software | BrainBank | Electronic Arts | Sierra Online | subLogic | Ventura Publisher
ONLINE: America Online (AOL) | Citibank | Minitel | Prodigy
HARDWARE: Apple | Atari | Commodore | Fairchild | Hewlett-Packard/General Electric
IBM | Odyssey2 | Osborne | RCA | Texas Instruments | Zenith
EPHEMERA: Cassette Tapes | Floppy Disks | Conference Badges


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