From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Wed Jun 11 17:20:01 1997

On Wed, 11 Jun 1997, Marvin wrote:

> Along the lines of saving stuff, does anyone collect the old printers?
> I have several including the SWTP 40 column printer, the usual
> assortment of Tandy and CBM printers, a couple of DecWriters (LA36), an
> early Centronics, a number of daisy wheel printers, and my newest
> addition, an ASR 33. But I also run into quite a few (usually free)
> that I don't have the room or inclination to store. I would guess that
> most of the older printers will head for the dump with few people
> caring, but then again ...

I've often thought of this, but it comes down to, would I rather use the
space for many different computers or some computers and some printers?
A printer is a printer, but since nobody really looks upon these as
collectible, they are the most likely to be overlooked or sent to the
scrap heap. A big problem is that they often weigh a lot and are a
burden to store. Nonetheless, I have recently started to collect the old
printers. I have a Commodore one, a TRS-80 one, a Tandy one, and may a
couple others. But I take them somewhat reluctantly, usually as a part
of a whole lot. But I figure, nobody else is going to save them, so I
might as well try to save a couple. Printers are definitely going to be
an interesting relic 50 years from now when hardly any from this era
remain, again because of the reasons I've cited above.

Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
Received on Wed Jun 11 1997 - 17:20:01 BST

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