05/03/2020 at 2:43 pm #76946
I found this vintage T-shirt along with a vintage Apple logo T-shirt and other vintage computer shirts in the estate of an electrical engineer. The photo has a dot-matrix look. Anybody know if this is a famous person, and if so, who? I already googled “famous black computer scientists,” but it didn’t help. Thanks!!!
05/03/2020 at 3:05 pm #76950
Could be the electrical engineer himself, done at an early ’80s trade show. I’ve got a similar portrait of my father, done on fanfold paper at a trade show in London.
05/03/2020 at 6:28 pm #76969Eve EverettParticipant
Do not toss until you are sure its not one of Jobs’ original employees.
Scroll down to the picture of the Bandley Campus. look like any of these guys?
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05/03/2020 at 11:26 pm #76982
Try and date it from the label. Looks ot me like it was done using a daisy-wheel or one of those printers with pins (can’t remember the name), maybe lashed up to a PDP-11 or similar, and then ironed on.
Of course, it could be Steve Job’s dad 🙂
First auction I attended was of an Apple dealer that had gone bust, about 1994. For some reason they had established a museum of Apple products in their back room. The room-full of equpiment, including a Lisa, sold for £150. I remember wondering why anybody would buy that load of junk.
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05/04/2020 at 3:11 pm #77017
Thanks for the Reddit links. I tried to post to all three, but I wasn’t allowed to post, probably because I’m new to Reddit. Anyone know how to overcome this? Thanks.
05/04/2020 at 5:39 pm #77028
05/05/2020 at 9:01 am #77063
I did ask a “vintage computer expert”, runs a museum on an industrial estate near me. He said it’s most likely a screen grab from a video feed (which is why the image is side-on) done as a a promo at an exhibition. Probably nothing to do with Apple, as they came later than the typical dot-matrix type printouts of which this is an example.
My 2 pence is that the guy looks Arabic rather than black.
05/05/2020 at 9:38 am #77064
Antique Frog, thank you for checking into that!
05/05/2020 at 4:24 pm #77105SimonParticipant
- Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Looks like typical dot-matrix art that I remember from the late 70s or early 1980s so, while it could be someone famous, I’m thinking that seems less-likely especially as it’s not a particularly flattering image. The promo/trade-show thing seems like a good possibility but who would want a dot-matrix version of themselves on a t-shirt?
05/05/2020 at 4:28 pm #77106soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
“who would want a dot-matrix version of themselves on a t-shirt?”
What!?!? Are you kidding? 😉
I had a great t-shirt with a dot-matrix photo of myself and 3 friends that we had made at the boardwalk at the Jersey shore. The 80s were fun times.
06/03/2020 at 6:05 am #78057Curious CuratorParticipant
- Location: Illinois
LOL, sonia! Me too! only I had one made on a print, not t-shirt. I have to dig deep to see if I still own it. Thanks for the reminder.
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