Summary

Keyboard console, power supply, and packaging for a Commodore 64 computer console. The Commodore 64 is one of the most famous home computers.
It was owned by an avid collector of personal computers and associated peripheral and technical data. It has been unused and is in its original packaging. The collector belonged to several computer clubs. He died unexpectedly after an illness so he made no arrangements for the disposal of his collection. Two friends were asked to dispose of the collection - it took them three days to clear it out of the house. Most items went to other collectors.

Physical Description

Light beige coloured oblong shaped console with a QWERTY style keyboard and other keys on a sloping front. A light beige coloured square shaped block with two cables, one for connection to the power supply and one to the computer console. The cardboard is multicoloured with statements about the characteristics of the computer and what peripherals are available. The cardboard sleeving is mainly blue. A two-part white polystyrene packing container. A pink polythene bag.

Significance

The Commodore 64 is one of the most famous home computers. According to the 2001 edition of Guinness book of records, the C64 was the most "prolific computing device ever manufactured". During its production run from 1982 to 1993, about 30 million units were sold.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community, Information & Communication

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Helen Olsen, Henry Olsen, 19/02/2008

  • Manufacturer

    Commodore, United States of America, 1984

  • Inscriptions

    Keyboard, front lower right corner: commodore 64 personal computer Keyboard, underside, silver label: LOGO commodore C64C Funkenstort n. DBP-Vfg 1046/84 SER. NO. HB4 556850 Power supply, top centre: Commodore logo. Power supply, underside: various specifications and warnings including at bottom: App. No. N10507 Cardboard sleeve, top: a picture of the console and in the bottom left hand corner a silver stick on label: SER. NO. HB4 556850 E Cardboard sleeve, underside: images of peripherals, text describing the qualities of the computer and a list of specifications. Polystyrene packing: Commodore logo.

  • Classification

    Computing & calculating, Digital computing, Microcomputers

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Technology

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Overall Dimensions

    585 mm (Width), 290 mm (Depth), 65 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of original packing box. See part records for dimensions of other components.

  • Part Dimensions

    415 mm (Width), 250 mm (Depth), 65 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of console including keyboard.

  • Part Dimensions

    116 mm (Width), 85 mm (Depth), 65 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of power supply unit, excluding cables.

  • References

    Websites accessed 7 March 2008: [Link 1] [Link 2]

  • Keywords

    Computers, Computing