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.

Winners: The White Stripes Holiday Camera Contest


The White Stripes sent us a few special edition Lomography cameras to give away for the holidays. To win, we asked you to send in a photo of your favorite retro gadget. We awarded one pair of cameras for our favorite photo, and another winner was selected randomly.

Mike Nyberg of Sacramento, CA submitted the winning photo. His unforgettable composition combines Santa Claus, slot car racing and baby Jesus (in the passenger seat) to win a pair of 'Jack' and 'Meg' cameras.

The randomly drawn winner of the second camera set was Deirdre Ohlwein from County Westmeath, Ireland. She tells us, "I've had this crazy little parachute person since I was little (early 70's), it's my very favorite and the sweetest most sentimental retro thing that I posses." Here's Deirdre's shot:


Follow the jump for a look at some of the other entries we received.

Torgeir Berg's Retro Invader tattoo:


Jacopo's old Macintosh Portable, "I've used it until 1999: 16Mhz of pure fan with games like Apache, Battle Chess and ShufflePuck Cafè.":


Kevin C. Smith says, "Here's a picture of my frighteningly well preserved "school box" from elementary school. I think they might be ripping off some movie that was popular at the time. Hmmm.":


Edward Halloran's vintage Schwinn bicycle:


Gwyn McGlinn's clever "His and Hers" shot:


Susan Chase's surreal tea party (she captured the post-apocalyptic essence of the Retro Thing HQ perfectly):


Adrian Hanft's Polaroid SX-70 camera, with RT shadow:


Greg Clancey's retro speaker:


Dhomas sent a shot of his Hammon d'Eggs controller, "It's the only one in the world, designed specifically for use in live performance. It was easily disassembled for transporting and storage. The keyboard was removed from the Hammond Sounder and wired such that it was easily moved back and forth between the two units in a few minutes. The drum triggers were made from film cans, stuffed with pieces of blanket to deaden the sound. It was powered by a custom made MIDI to Commodore 64 interface, with custom MIDI routing and control software.":


Jen Santarelli says,"The radio belonged to my grandparents and my dad remembers listening to the Shadow and other shows on it when he was a kid. The lamp was found in the same grandparents' attic after they passed away and had never been used. My parents guessed it to be from the '50s based on the style and the cord was still the old cloth kind.":


Muriel Green in Lawrence, KS sent "We use RCA tubes.":


Jennifer Alberti tells us, "Over the holidays I visited my family, and while I was there I confiscated this camera, along with others, from my mother's house. I am currently cleaning them for possible reuse.":


Emily Sarwas writes, "Here is my favorite retro thing. One of my neighbors gave me an old screwdriver of his grandfathers when he moved. I don't know how old it is, but it still works great. It's a wonderful hand tool and I'm sure I'll use it for many years.":


We received dozens of other clever entries and we'll feature a few more in our daily posts over the next few days. Thanks to everyone who entered!


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