Osborne I Microcomputer


The Osborne I was one of the first successful microcomputers designed to be portable (the extremely expensive IBM 5100 SCAMP preceded it). It fits within a tough, tan, suitcase exterior. It used CP/M for the operating system and many software programs were available for this, which added to its desirability and useability in the home.

According to a letter in the accession file, the donors, Shirley A. and George M. Trotter, purchased the computer from Computerland in Dallas, Texas, in 1981. They later purchased the double density upgrade. One of them later wrote to Mr. Osborne and "compared his new computer to the Ford Model-T. That comparison later found its way into Osborne advertising."

For the monitor, see 1986.0683.02.

For related documentation, see 1986.3125.

Date Made: 1981Date Made: April 1981

Maker: Osborne Computer Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: S.A. & G.M. Trotter

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0683.01Catalog Number: 1986.0683.01Accession Number: 1986.0683

Object Name: Microcomputer

Physical Description: manufactured (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 13 cm x 19.5 cm x 14 cm; 5 1/8 in x 7 11/16 in x 5 1/2 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-3957-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_334392

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