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Acorn

September 1979

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....

Acorn

March 1980

"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 £360 in 2019 money), br...

Acorn

May 1980

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 ...

Acorn

1983

Acorn Electron

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...

Acorn

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...

Acorn

March 1984

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...

Acorn

September 1984

"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. Whilst some micros, like the VIC-20, would take it in the form of a plug-i...

Acorn

September 1984

"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 ...

Acorn

September 1984

"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...

Acorn

December 1985

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 ...

Acorn

August 1989

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...