Osborne Executive 1

Osborne Executive 1

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This was one of the earliest "portable" computers. It was considered portable in that it could be carried from place to place. But "portable" was also seen as an ironic label for it because it was heavy to carry (about 30 lbs). When it was packed up in its case, it resembled a portable sewing machine was sometimes referred to as the "sewing machine".
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Object Name
Portable Computer
Date made
Associated Name
Herda, Paul
Osborne Computer Corporation
Osborne Computer Corporation
overall (closed): 8 1/2 in x 20 in x 17 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 50.8 cm x 44.45 cm
overall (open): 8 1/2 in x 20 in x 26 in; 21.59 cm x 50.8 cm x 66.04 cm
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Credit Line
Paul Herda
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National Museum of American History
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