RCA Spectra 70
Posted by Scott
Beautiful shot of the RCA Spectra 70 computer (1965). They need to start making ATX cases that look like this and the DEC PDP-8; people would start putting their computers in the middle of the room.
These are the same guys who later brought you this (unrelated but awesome commercials — including Superman Peanut Butter — follow):
Also, apparently “pause” was once known as “stop action” and qualified as a “special effect”. Wait’ll Quigley sees this!
11 Comments Leave A Comment
Jesse says:March 1, 2010 at 8:41 am
Wow loving the sound effects from Dark Tower. I miss the old internal pc sound effects. How great would it be if the IPad made those types of sounds?
Patrick says:March 1, 2010 at 9:14 am
Lets just say I wasn’t looking at their hair when they were singing “bounce”
Jakub says:March 1, 2010 at 9:36 am
Michelle Black says:March 1, 2010 at 10:03 am
Great post, thank you
Alan says:March 1, 2010 at 10:24 am
I would die for a case like that
spencer says:March 1, 2010 at 10:42 am
wow love the commercial and yes that case is nice
Sevensheaven says:March 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Wow, this makes my digital nostalgia heart beat faster. Thanks for sharing.
LUKE MORGAN says:March 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Man, the casing is devine. Surely it’s only a matter of time before Apple put out a line of computers with retro casing. “At last a peanut butter you can look up to”, advertising really is design’s ugly cousin.
Chris Deutsch says:March 3, 2010 at 9:47 am
I grew up in Chicago and remember all of these commercials, especially the last one, but the VCR commercial was the best…high tech stuff. I also remember the Spectrum service, but we didn’t have it. I also vaguely remember something called “On TV” which I believe was an HBO-type movie channel from circa ’82ish. I remember watching the carton movie Heavy Metal on it at my friends house when I was seven or eight tops. Pretty great stuff…
M England says:March 3, 2010 at 10:05 am
Special Effects like Stop Action! Wow. All I have is lame old pause.
phil couzens says:March 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm
why does the superman peanut butter spot have the terrahawks soundtrack?