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.

Retro Goodies on eBay


eBay is a treasure trove of vintage technology, although you should expect to stumble upon the occasional bitter lemon. Here are a few classics that I discovered today: 

First up is a snazzy little Timex/Sinclair 1000 computer with 16K RAM pack from 1982. It comes with the original boxes and would make a wonderful doorstop once you tire of its monochrome graphics and bizarre membrane keyboard. If you find gaming more appealing than BASIC programming, I suggest this rather appealing boxed ColecoVision with 14 games and a pair of controllers. It even includes the original warranty card.. not that it will do you much good.

I know it would be tough to ship by FedEX, but a beautiful 1974 Jaguar E-Type convertible (one owner and a moderate 34,412 miles on the odometer) looks really appealing as summer approaches.

If you're a lover of electronic music, someone with impeccable taste in early 1980s synthesizers is selling off their studio. He's selling a Fairlight Series III digital sampler (currently a bargain at only $3,995), Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Moog Memorymoog and even a Fender Chroma polysynth.

Bolex EBMThere are some bargains in the wristwatch department, too. Several sellers are offering brand new Gruen wristwatches with automatic Swiss movements and a see-through back panel for well under $50. They look like something my grandfather would have owned (which may or may not be a good thing, depending how much single malt you've consumed).

Thanks to the digital revolution, things are hopping in the camera department as well. This Voigtlander Vito 35mm camera looks especially appealing (perhaps because mine lives in a drawer beside my desk). There are also dozens of 16mm Bolex movie cameras, including a gorgeous H-16 EBM electric model with crystal-synchronized electric drive.

Disclaimer: I don't know the sellers of these items and cannot vouch for their condition or authenticity. Bid with care.


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