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Take A Look At Four Decades Of Apple Artifacts

History can always be told through collectibles, and these tell a terrific story about Apple.

  • <p>A diagram of Apple's Lisa computer from a draft of the Lisa user's guide.</p>
  • <p>A confidential letter introducing the draft of the original Lisa Owner's Guide.</p>
  • <p>The full confidential document.</p>
  • <p>Once upon a time, Apple software came on cassette tapes.</p>
  • <p>A copy of the December, 1986 issue of <em>Bandley Shuffle</em>, a magazine for Apple employees.</p>
  • <p>The 1989 press release for Apple's Macintosh SE/30.</p>
  • <p>A copy of Apple's second-quarter 1984 quarterly report. Everything changed for Apple in 1984, the year the company introduced the Macintosh.</p>
  • <p>A collection of Apple-related buttons.</p>
  • <p>Apple's Lisa computer, the ill-fated predecessor to the Macintosh.</p>
  • <p>An AppleII GS, signed by Steve Wozniak.</p>
  • <p>The circuit board of an Apple IIc.</p>
  • <p>A button promoting the Apple IIe.</p>
  • <p>Even more Apple-related buttons.</p>
  • <p>A button promoting Apple's famous Apple II.</p>
  • <p>An original Macintosh, signed by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.</p>
  • <p>An Apple II, the computer that helped Apple become a computer powerhouse, signed by cofounder Steve Wozniak.</p>
  • <p>An Apple IIe, complete with disk drives and monitor.</p>
  • <p>The front cover of a copy of the original Macintosh business plan.</p>
  • <p>A page from the Mac business plan riffing on the famous wine ads starring Orson Welles.</p>
  • 01 /19 | Lisa specs

    A diagram of Apple's Lisa computer from a draft of the Lisa user's guide.

  • 02 /19 | Lisa owner's guide introduction

    A confidential letter introducing the draft of the original Lisa Owner's Guide.

  • 03 /19 | Lisa Owner's Guide

    The full confidential document.

  • 04 /19 | Software

    Once upon a time, Apple software came on cassette tapes.

  • 05 /19 | Bandley Shuffle

    A copy of the December, 1986 issue of Bandley Shuffle, a magazine for Apple employees.

  • 06 /19 | Mac SE/30 press release

    The 1989 press release for Apple's Macintosh SE/30.

  • 07 /19 | 1984 Quarterly Report

    A copy of Apple's second-quarter 1984 quarterly report. Everything changed for Apple in 1984, the year the company introduced the Macintosh.

  • 08 /19 | Buton collection

    A collection of Apple-related buttons.

  • 09 /19 | Lisa

    Apple's Lisa computer, the ill-fated predecessor to the Macintosh.

  • 10 /19 | Woz IIGS

    An AppleII GS, signed by Steve Wozniak.

  • 11 /19 | IIc circuit board

    The circuit board of an Apple IIc.

  • 12 /19 | Apple IIe button

    A button promoting the Apple IIe.

  • 13 /19 | More Apple buttons

    Even more Apple-related buttons.

  • 14 /19 | Apple II Forever!

    A button promoting Apple's famous Apple II.

  • 15 /19 | Original Mac, signed by Woz

    An original Macintosh, signed by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.

  • 16 /19 | Apple II

    An Apple II, the computer that helped Apple become a computer powerhouse, signed by cofounder Steve Wozniak.

  • 17 /19 | Apple IIe

    An Apple IIe, complete with disk drives and monitor.

  • 18 /19 | Macintosh business plan

    The front cover of a copy of the original Macintosh business plan.

  • 19 /19 | We will sell no Apple before its time.

    A page from the Mac business plan riffing on the famous wine ads starring Orson Welles.

A page from the original Macintosh business plan, riffing on the famous Paul Masson wine commercials starring Orson Welles.Photo: Bruce Damer, DigiBarn Computer Museum

It's hard to believe that it's been 40 years since two young Silicon Valley kids—was it even called Silicon Valley back then?—got together to make a little personal computer they called the Apple I.

Everyone loves buttons, including Apple fans and employees.Photo: Bruce Damer, DigiBarn Computer Museum

Today, we celebrate 40 years of the company that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started. Back then, there's no way anyone could have predicted that Apple would eventually become the most valuable corporation in the world, especially not in the fallow days of the mid-'90s, after Jobs was fired, and when the company's product line was more complex and confusing than the list of ingredients on a package of processed cheese.

An Apple IIGS signed by Apple cofounder Steve WozniakPhoto: Bruce Damer, DigiBarn Computer Museum

Yet through all those years, there have always been passionate Apple fans, the kind of people who will go to the barricades to stand up for their beloved brand, the people some derisively call "fanboys," while others call them "we."

Over at the DigiBarn Computer Museum in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, Bruce Damer has been collecting amazing artifacts for years, and here, he shares some of his best Apple-related treats with us. Enjoy!

In an age where most software is in the cloud, it's hard to remember that in the early days of the personal computer era, a lot of software was distributed on cassette.Photo: Bruce Damer, DigiBarn Computer Museum

Related: The History of Apple in Under 3 Minutes

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