Argos (the laminated book of dreams) [1970s calculators]

Argos is, and has been for a very long time, a High Street catalogue shop in the UK. Some kind person has scanned some old catalogues, so I was moved to look for some of my favourite things. And lo, we find slide rules, electromechanical calculators, and also electronic calculators, co-existing, in 1974:

From 1977, a Commodore offering, as well as scientific calculators from TI and Sharp. I do remember the TI-30 from my schooldays.

Go forward a bit, and you’ll find a Philips G7000, a TI 99/4A, and eventually a ZX Spectrum and Atari 600XL. See links in the Hackaday article.

For more on Britain’s Argos stores, see the comedian Bill Bailey:

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