Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Southwestern Bell Phone from Space

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Today the various phases of design and manufacture are cheap and easy compared to years ago.  Even the most mundane devices look windswept with their Nasa approved finishes.  Back in the day, it took guts to create something that was kind of chic, especially if you were a big boring company like Southwestern Bell.  They made a variety of novelty phones, but I don't remember any of them being so distinctly from space.

This phone looks like the first few rings result in it being delivered to you anywhere in your house via pneumatic tube.  The smoked plastic cover retracts into the cylindrical body, and lifting the phone unspools the spring loaded cord.  At the end of your chat, you could of course punch up one of your friends using that all new Touch Tone you've read so much about lately.

I've seen phones like this cropping up at antique stores for big bucks.  They've done a bit of work converting the old style connector to a new modular type, but it doesn't strike me as the sort of work that's worth a hundred dollars.  Save some scratch and scour some thrifts, or search on Ebay - I think that I've seen these for $20-30.

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