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Vintage Apple-logo signs

mainos_loydetty_sThese Vintage Apple-signs or trade show props, were donated to my by a friend and colleague. He used to work to repair Apple and Macintosh computers back in 1980 and 1990’s. He must have saved these and totally forgotten these for all these years. They came across his basement storage recently and he of cos,  knew my interested in the “old apples”, offered them to me right away.  There were supposed to be just one, but to his suprisement, there were two of them. One being more rough,  the sticker corners are peeling off due old age, but the other one is in much better shape.  Needs just some cleaning. The better one will make nice props to my work/hobby room.

manos_puhditust_2Cleaning was needed or at least trying …

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So basicly i tried just basic every household cleaning methods. Tolu-foam which really didn’t do much but maybe  polish the plastic a bit – the darker dirt came off however perfectly with Label-Off spray. The plastic itself was partly yellowed (I know! this sounds like a job for Mr. Retr0bright..). But i don’t think it’s much of a worth the effort to go that extreme on this case. If you want these, you can easily make your own copies.

mainos_puhdistus_1_sSo i was quite ok with them cleaned up, glued together the logo a bit and we’re good to go.

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I placed them to my work/hobby room against the wall. But. I had an idea. I need to find where i can cut another of them to perfect square around the logo itself, it would make great framed decoration to the wall..

Apple //c in SALE!

The high price-point for the Apple //c then of cos lead to this.

Mustapörssi was electronics retailer of the 1980’s and was very aggressive with their pricing and commericals. I’ve wondered what was the “complete gaming software bundle” package they offered?

If somebody knows about what it containted, please contact me.

 

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Laser Shop!

Laser Shop sold Apple ][‘s as well, in this case, the Apple //c which got LOTS of ad’s in Microcomputer magazines trying getting back to the market. But.. Apple //c was quite expensive if you compare to the other 8-bits, like Commodore 64 or Spectrum whose ruled over the market before Amiga and then later Windows units.

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Apple II software list (Computer Game Station)

Found also an nice list of Apple II games/software sold by “Computer Game Station” in Helsinki. This was just an listing for some hot items, they had more of other titles as well.

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Utility/productivity software.

 

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And the games.

I do collect (&preserve) original software for Apple ][ – so IF you happen to have any of these, please do contact me.

Z-RAM II for Apple IIc (Applied Engineering)

Nice ad for Applied Engineering “Z-RAM II” for Apple //c from Finnish microcomputer magazine “PRINTTI” which were just finally, scanned to PDF and can be found online.

Wonder how many of these actually were bought? I’ve never seen any so far.

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http://ae.applearchives.com/apple_c/z-ram_ultra_ii/z-ram_ultra_series_brochure.pdf

 

Update!
I managed recently found an Z-RAM II board! It was installed in German Apple //c (yet to be received).

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Game boxes

Got bunch of original Apple ][ games last year from a friend who bought these brand new back in the day here in Finland. These got preserved at perfect version later on by well-known Apple ][ preservationist “4am”.  Love the old game box design a lot.

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H.E.R.O. from Activision. This game have always been one of my favorites, even first i played this must have been either MSX or Commodore 64. Never seen or hold the box in my hand before.

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Very cool comics inside!

PITFALL_II_BOXPITFALL II – LOST CAVERNS by Activision. I had this on MSX, about the first games on MSX i had. It took awhile to get the casette deck to load the games (non Spectravideo original deck). Never completed the game at the time, it was insanely difficult and i hated the game big time!

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Very cool poster-style picture inside of the box.