|Re: Museum night|
Message #9 Posted by Stephen Easterling on 13 Jan 2006, 8:09 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by Karl Schneider
When you say "outsourced present," do you mean outsourced from Singapore? I thought that the Singapore factory was the first placed it was outsourced from the USA.
There are a lot of great ideas here on this thread and the opportunity sounds very exciting. In my personal collection, I don't have all of the models, but I'm trying to have all the models that had something special (e.g., the 55 was the first model to have a built-in timer / stopwatch feature). The other Classic I have is the 35. The Woodstocks are special because they got EVEN SMALLER during a time that we didn't think it was possible. Remember, this is one reason why the original 35 became so popular was the progression of techonolgy in a device so small. I have a 22 and 25 (business & scientific), but you may want to display a 25C or 29C to demonstrate size and continuous memory. For the Spice family, you should probably omit it, but instead, display a 19C if you have one, to show the different cosmetics but at the same time the printing capability, which was pretty important back then for many users. You may also want to show a Topcat, but this is optional. Next, your 41 series where HP is getting really serious with the peripherals, and your Voyagers (like someone else mentioned, 12C, 15C, & 16C to show the diversity of this platform to cater to all professionals). A 17BII and 42S for the Pioneers, anything from the Champions because they're unlike anything HP had done before, and a 48 series (e.g., GX with some cards and your printer). Next, something from China, like the current offerings: 12CP, 33S, 49G+. I forgot to mention, but start with a big iron 9800-series and maybe a sliderule (something pre-calculator era). I would not allow anything to be touched unless you have a backup. Don't set out your only mint condition 67 or 41CX for someone to casually scratch the display, etc. The name, year it was released, and a couple of sentences (no more) to highlight it's uniqueness. Don't forget to list a few links for folk to find more info on HP calculators.
Edited: 13 Jan 2006, 8:10 a.m.