ComputerLand Photograph


This 5" x 7" black and white photograph shows James Egan sitting at a desk with computers and software on it. He has a foot on the desk, a coffee filter on his head, and is pouring a drink into a cup. Next to his chair is a sign that reads: SEND HELP. On the back, written in pencil, are the dates 1981-1982.

James Egan, Joseph Alfieri, Robert Kurland, and Thomas Vandermeulen of Facks Computer, Inc. were the owners of the first ComputerLand store in Manhattan.

ComputerLand was a nationwide chain of retail computer stores. They opened their first store in 1976 in Hayward, California. By 1990 most stores had closed and in early 1999 the company officially disbanded.

The objects in accession 2017.0321 and non-accession 2017.3153 are related.

Date Made: 1981-1982

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: New York, New York City

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers, Computers & Business Machines, Science & Mathematics


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Credit Line: In memory of James S. Egan

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.3153.06Nonaccession Number: 2017.3153Catalog Number: 2017.3153.06

Object Name: photograph

Measurements: overall: 12.6 cm x 17.8 cm; 4 31/32 in x 7 in


Record Id: nmah_1867086

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