Three Trumps from Acorn: The Acorn Microcomputer
Acorn had been founded as Cambridge Processor Unit (CPU) in November 1978 by Hermann Hauser, who had moved to the UK from Vienna at the age of 15, and Chris Curry - a former Science of Cambridge, a.k....
"The perfect lead.. Acorn Microcomputer System 1"
Acorn's "System 1" (formerly known just as the Acorn Microcomputer) was launched in March 1979 and appears here in an early-1980 advert selling for £75 in kit form (about £370 in 2021 money), br...
Acorn Atom - from Acorn Computer
This was Acorn's first advert for its first full consumer-oriented micro - the Acorn Atom. The Atom was a 6502-based machine and was available primarily in kit form. It was a natural progression from ...
"Unique in concept - the home computer that grows as you do!"
The Acorn Atom was a 6502-based 8-bit computer that in its basic version managed to pack even less RAM than the VIC-20: 2K compared to 3.5K. However, it was very modular and so could be expanded easil...
Important notice to all micro-computer purchasers: The BBC Micro-computer system
This is perhaps the advert that really started it all for Acorn, at least in terms of the Acorn Proton, a.k.a. the BBC Micro. It announced the upcoming availability of the new micro from "the end of O...
The BBC Microcomputer System: The Shape of Things to Come
From this attractive A3 sales brochure is the quote "Amongst the shifting sands of computer technology the BBC Microcomputer is here to stay". And it was, in its various guises, until 1994 at least, w...
This sales brochure, featuring a very Salvador Dali-esque painting including a Rubik's Cube - the defining icon of the 1980s - was for the Acorn Electron, also known as the Elk - a machine first annou...
"A two-minute operation turns your BBC Micro into the heart of a word-processor"
The Acorn Model B BBC Micro was quite a big thing in the UK, although didn't do much outside its home market. Its popularity was thanks largely to a unique collaboration with the BBC, which saw comput...
25th August 1983
Kenneth Kendall: Now in chip form
This advert is for a speech synthesis chip for the BBC Micro which used the voice of one of the greats of 1970s television news broadcasting - Kenneth Kendall. It's a nice bit of circular reference as...
Free software, only £225
Looking much like its contemporary - the Prestel adapter - and with the same BBC Micro case-matching shape, Acorn's new Teletext adapter was perhaps better value as at least the content was free and d...
"Re-balance This Sheet in One Second"
Like several computers of the day, Acorn's BBC Micro could take software in the form of PROM - programmable read-only memory. However whilst some, like the VIC-20, would take it in the form of a plug-...
"The Electron has added even more strings to its bow"
Here is another advert for the Acorn Electron, featuring a dude rather self-consciously dressed up as Cupid. The Electron, launched in the summer of 1983, was a cut-down version of the successful BBC ...
"Hey Prestel. A new dimension for the BBC Micro"
Here's another advert that shows that the world of 'on-line' was alive and well long before the advent of the Internet. Prestel was a UK electronic information system set up by the General Post Office...
Ask an expert why the Electron's the best micro in its class
Another advert for the Acorn Electron, the cut-down version of the BBC Micro. In common with many other Electron adverts, it stresses the fact that it's mostly the same as the expensive £400 BBC Micro...
BBC External Services
This advert seems to represent the end of a period of retrenchment for Acorn following a difficult year which had seen it bailed out by Italian company Olivetti back in February. For most of the year ...
The BBC Master Compact: Think of it as a down payment on your child's future uniform
The BBC Master Compact was an entry in the BBC Master series, which in turn was produced as the follow-up to the BBC Model 'B' Micro. It was designed jointly by Acorn and design consultants David Morg...
The Archimedes A3000
The A3000 was an update of the original Archimedes - also known in at least some parts of the press as the ARM - which had been launched in 1987 and which first started shipping to dealers in early Au...