First Computer Store

william degnan billdegnan at
Fri Jul 24 10:38:10 CDT 2015

I have some slides of the IBM Customer Center from 1980, recently
scanned and I need to put them online.  Yes, you could buy things like
system 36/38, Displaywriters, typewriters, printers, etc.  Just before
the IBM PC.  By 1980 the portable 5100 was not present, but I am sure
you could buy a 5100 from a customer center in 1975.  Good point.  I
think the original poster was referring to one of the first
independent microcomputer stores.  There is a huge bias assumption
towards "first [micro]computer" whatever, conveniently ignoring the
huge volume of mini and mainframes sold at the same time.

On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:29 AM, Stefan Skoglund
<stefan.skoglund at> wrote:
> tor 2015-07-23 klockan 13:11 -0400 skrev Murray McCullough:
>> A momentus event happened 40 years ago around this time, July 1975,
>> the world's first computer store opened in West Los Angeles, called
>> Arrow Head Computer Store, tag-lined, 'The Computer Store'. It was
>> opened by Dick Heiser. How time has flown by!
>> Murray  :)
> Doesn't IBM's showroom in New York City counts ?
> I think it was possible to walk in there and strike a deal for an 360 !
> The salesmen force and Thomas Watson was upstairs.


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