Modem Collection

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Sat Jul 12 03:39:32 1997

On Fri, 11 Jul 1997, Marvin wrote:

> Just curious (again!) if anyone is collecting the early modems used on
> computers and what might have been the earliest commercial phone modem.
> I have several devices that are called modem eliminators and I believe
> these are basically serial cable boosters to increase the permissible
> cable length. My guess is that the earliest modems were accousticle
> (sp?) modems where the coupling was where the phone was laid onto the
> modem rather than a direct connect to the computer. Was there anything
> earlier or other type of device?

I always run into big ugly old modems that are, alas, what I draw the
line at as far as collectible. I find these at swap meets, thrift shops,
surplus shops, etc. They are everywhere, and it seems just about
everyone made one.

Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
Received on Sat Jul 12 1997 - 03:39:32 BST

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