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Retro delight: Gallery of early computers (1940s – 1960s)

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"Below we have listed as many as 19 examples of computers from the early days, pioneering efforts that although cutting edge in their day now look lovingly retro.

"These computers didn’t use the same kind of components as we do today. The computers in the 1940s and 1950s were mostly based on vacuum tubes. Transistors showed up late in the game, and integrated circuits were just a distant dream and didn’t start showing up in computers until the 1960s, and then in very limited capacity. How tempting it would be to travel back in time and show the engineers of these computers a normal modern-day PC, just to see their reaction.

"We have listed the completion year for each computer, although often work on them had begun several years earlier (they were huge projects). We’ve arranged them in chronological order, oldest first. Please note that these are just a sample, there are plenty we didn’t include (in order to make this a blog post and not a book :) )."

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