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UUNET, Project Y2K polo shirt

UUNET, Project Y2K polo shirt

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UUNET, founded in 1987 in Virginia, was the first commercial internet service provider (ISP). In the beginning they offered e-mail and news services. As the company grew, they provided a comprehensive range of internet service products. By the late 1990s they delivered internet services to the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The UUNET brand has been retained through numerous acquisitions. Today UUNET is an internal brand of Verizon Business.
This polo shirt is one of a collection of UUNET corporate logo sportswear produced to celebrate specific company and industry events. In 1999, the focus was on remediating potential Y2K issues. According to the donor, a senior executive, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on the Y2K issue in the U.S. and at foreign subsidiaries. The shirt was produced by the UUNET Y2K team in Germany for their colleagues in the U.S. The clock-shaped design reads “We are OK with Y2K.”
References: [last accessed 2019-09-23]
https://www.verizon.com/about/sites/default/files/Verizon_History_0916.pdf
https://www.company-histories.com/UUNET-Company-History.html
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Shirt
Dress Shirt
Date made
1999
maker
WorldCom
Promodoro
Measurements
unfolded, flat: 86 cm x 113 cm; 33 7/8 in x 44 1/2 in
ID Number
2002.3114.06
nonaccession number
2002.3114
catalog number
2002.3114.06
Credit Line
Clint N. Smith
subject
Y2K
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Y2K
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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