Jules Richardson wrote on "Digital Archaeology of the Microcomputer, 1974-1994

Richard legalize at xmission.com
Thu Jan 18 10:54:04 CST 2007


In article <45AF9D43.4050800 at bitsavers.org>,
    Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org>  writes:

> So the question is what should be saved? Is there something about the
> 'exotic hardware/software' that is historically significant?

Well, if you adopt the "only historically significant" things are to
be collected mantra, you never would have had something like the Henry
Ford Museum in Michigan.  *All* of the stuff he amassed for that
collection was considered not historically significant at the time.
Now its amazing to be able to walk down an aisle and see the evolution
of the sewing machine, or the dishwasher or the clothes washer/dryer,
etc.

I think there are some things you can say have obvious historical
value.  Others aren't historically significant *by themselves* but
allow you to make a realistic historical portait because they
represent samples of devices over time.
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