beige rant (was Re: IBM 5150 with red case on ebay)

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Fri May 13 19:42:31 CDT 2016

For the S/360 systems, there was a wide choice of colors.  In fact, most
of the S/360s I saw initially were that orangish-red.  I've heard it
referred to as "International Orange" in accordance with Federal
Specification 595:

In the early 1970s, CDC went from a beige and gray motif to blue glass
and fake woodgrain.

NCR, Cray and Honeywell similarly had brightly-colored systems.

Office interiors in the 1980s were often the bright primary upholstery,
with exposed structure and plumbing being painted similarly bright
colors.  It was a bit much, reminiscent of the Pompidou centre in Paris.

Styles change.  I don't think much of deep blue as a color scheme.


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