Incoming: old things newly acquired

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Something very nice and long-awaited turned up in the post today. I thought it would be good to have an open thread for precious old things newly acquired.

Here’s my new arrival today, an in-working-order HP-25 programmable calculator:
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The story is that I’d failed to make an offer on one of these several years ago at a radio rally and regretted it ever since, so finally I found a working one on ebay and managed to scoop it up. Most examples of this machine are offered non-working, because of a horrific design flaw, which is that the charger will fry the machine if for any reason the batteries are missing or not quite making contact. Not coincidentally, I suspect, this one came without a charger.

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I thought it would be good to have an open thread for precious old things newly acquired.

Seconded.

Yesterday, at the Marzaglia Radio Fair[1], I acquired a few interesting items, such as as a working PowerBook 5300cs with system software in French (I couldn’t understand which option was shutdown, which reboot and which standby…) and the manual for the very first version of Quark X-Press, from 1987.

I will share some pictures here as soon as there’s enough light.

[1] Sooner or later I’ll write a bit about this cra^^unique open-air ‘electronics’ fair, where you can find anything from old grammophones to valve amplifiers, juke boxes, home computers, antennas, semaphores (oh, yes) and medical instrumentation…

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Sounds great - please do post photos! There are a couple of Radio Rallies due near me, and I’ll be going to at least one of them. No guarantee I’ll find anything to post here though…

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Here are three pictures of one of the items I acquired and I covet the most, a 30+ years old manual. Historic software and documentation are so rare to find!

It’s from the first version ever of the Quark XPress DTP software for Macintosh, dated 1987.

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(unfortunately there are no floppies inside, but I’m okay with that)

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