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Another Vintage Computer Festival is in the books. This year's show turned out to be one of the best if not the best yet. Turnout was excellent and the quality of the displays has been going up amazingly. The photos below are just a glimpse into an incredible two day event.

Additional pictures taken by Dwight Elvey are also available.

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Sellam Ismail works his butt off every year to organize the VCF.  He did an awesome job this year, as always.  This is as close to a still shot as anyone is likely to get during the event.

Sellam Ismail works his butt off every year to organize the VCF. He did an awesome job this year, as always. This is as close to a still shot as anyone is likely to get during the event.

I brought 3 machines this year (mostly scraped together from stuff that didn't go into storage - long story. . . :) along with a number of manuals, magazines, newsletters and related artifacts.  Here's me in the middle of my mess.

I brought 3 machines this year (mostly scraped together from stuff that didn't go into storage - long story. . . :) along with a number of manuals, magazines, newsletters and related artifacts. Here's me in the middle of my mess.

Here are the various manuals and newsletters associated with the Commodore Pet I brought.

Here are the various manuals and newsletters associated with the Commodore Pet I brought.

Here are the Altair related materials including Vol. 1, No. 1 issues of Byte, SCCS Interface and ROM as well as a number of Computer Notes issues.

Here are the Altair related materials including Vol. 1, No. 1 issues of Byte, SCCS Interface and ROM as well as a number of Computer Notes issues.

The LO*OP Center</a> had a display this year with a number of interesting items including these documents and computerized toys.

The LO*OP Center had a display this year with a number of interesting items including these documents and computerized toys.

They also brought along some older computer systems following the show's theme.

They also brought along some older computer systems following the show's theme.

Most exciting to me, at least, were the rare Apple machines donated to the center.  They include the first ever Apple I (serial number 1) and a very early Apple ][ (serial number 2, or is that 10. . .)

Most exciting to me, at least, were the rare Apple machines donated to the center. They include the first ever Apple I (serial number 1) and a very early Apple ][ (serial number 2, or is that 10. . .)

Liza Loop and David Gjerdrum of the LO*OP center.

Liza Loop and David Gjerdrum of the LO*OP center.

Boris Debic had a great display showing the evolution of computer logic from tubes to microprocessors.

Boris Debic had a great display showing the evolution of computer logic from tubes to microprocessors.

Jim Battle brought his very cool Wang 2200 and an emulated version of the same.

Jim Battle brought his very cool Wang 2200 and an emulated version of the same.

William Kendrick had an Atari 800XL and an Atari emulator running.

William Kendrick had an Atari 800XL and an Atari emulator running.

Tom Stall brought his Mark-8 computer to display.

Tom Stall brought his Mark-8 computer to display.

Somehow there were two of these rare Mark-8s on display.  This one belongs to Bryan Blackburn.  It's fully functional and hooked up to an ASR-33.

Somehow there were two of these rare Mark-8s on display. This one belongs to Bryan Blackburn. It's fully functional and hooked up to an ASR-33.

Here's a picture of Bryan at his teletype in front of his amazing display.  He upped the bar significantly this year.

Here's a picture of Bryan at his teletype in front of his amazing display. He upped the bar significantly this year.

Stan Sieler brought some very uncommon PA-RISC laptops.

Stan Sieler brought some very uncommon PA-RISC laptops.

Evan Koblentz brought a very complete collection of early PDAs.

Evan Koblentz brought a very complete collection of early PDAs.

Dale Luck brought a bunch of Amiga gear, mostly prototypes, to display.

Dale Luck brought a bunch of Amiga gear, mostly prototypes, to display.

A wall of Grid computers being shown by Rob Borsari.

A wall of Grid computers being shown by Rob Borsari.

Hans Franke doing his Supreme's

Hans Franke doing his Supreme's "Stop In the Name of Love" imitation. When he wasn't dancing or running wild or buying everything in sight he was demonstrating an Apple IIgs with an AnyCard.

Wayne Smith brought these early (pre-PC) IBM machines to display.

Wayne Smith brought these early (pre-PC) IBM machines to display.

Tim Lindner brought along an Intellivision console to show that games are still being developed for this venerable platform.

Tim Lindner brought along an Intellivision console to show that games are still being developed for this venerable platform.

Larry Anderson brought his usual impressive collection of Commodore equipment.

Larry Anderson brought his usual impressive collection of Commodore equipment.

Here's a better view of Larry's display, without all of the people blocking the machines!

Here's a better view of Larry's display, without all of the people blocking the machines!

Larry Pezzolo brought along his

Larry Pezzolo brought along his "baby Altair" - an Altair 680 along with a nifty optical paper tape reader.

Stephen Jones brought along an AT&T 3B2 and several terminals.

Stephen Jones brought along an AT&T 3B2 and several terminals.

A special display was set up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Xerox Alto.  A timeline of Apple machines was part of the display.  I'm still drooling over the Twiggy-based LISA.

A special display was set up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Xerox Alto. A timeline of Apple machines was part of the display. I'm still drooling over the Twiggy-based LISA.

The DigiBarn got into the act as well bringing a ton of older Xerox equipment to display.

The DigiBarn got into the act as well bringing a ton of older Xerox equipment to display.

More fun toys from the DigiBarn.

More fun toys from the DigiBarn.

There were a number of lectures, most of which I couldn't attend.  Christine Finn talked about

There were a number of lectures, most of which I couldn't attend. Christine Finn talked about "Collecting the Collectors."

Todd Fischer talked about the history of IMSAI and the computer industry in general from the beginning.

Todd Fischer talked about the history of IMSAI and the computer industry in general from the beginning.

Dwight Elvey also spoke and demonstrated his code for booting a Heathkit from a PC.

Dwight Elvey also spoke and demonstrated his code for booting a Heathkit from a PC.

Howard Harte and Todd Fischer brought IMSAI and IMSAI Series 2 machines for display (with the latter being for sale).

Howard Harte and Todd Fischer brought IMSAI and IMSAI Series 2 machines for display (with the latter being for sale).

The SBC 6120 is a PDP-8 single-board computer being offered for sale by Spare Time Gizmos.  Replica front panels were also for sale for the machine.

The SBC 6120 is a PDP-8 single-board computer being offered for sale by Spare Time Gizmos. Replica front panels were also for sale for the machine.

One of the many vendor areas -- this one from the Fresno Commodore User Group.

One of the many vendor areas -- this one from the Fresno Commodore User Group.

Marvin Johnson in his vendor area.  He may have actually left with less then he came with this year!  (Last year he sold a lot but bought a lot more)

Marvin Johnson in his vendor area. He may have actually left with less then he came with this year! (Last year he sold a lot but bought a lot more)

More Mac gear then you can shake a stick (of RAM) at.

More Mac gear then you can shake a stick (of RAM) at.

And another large booth full of unique and interesting machines and parts for sale.

And another large booth full of unique and interesting machines and parts for sale.

Fred Cisin was selling lots of nice stuff, some of it by the armful.  Towards the end of the show he gave me a copy of the first issue of the Northstar Newsletter which had been ignored by all of the attendees.

Fred Cisin was selling lots of nice stuff, some of it by the armful. Towards the end of the show he gave me a copy of the first issue of the Northstar Newsletter which had been ignored by all of the attendees.

Anyone who puts chips in gumball machines (see extreme right) is all right with me!

Anyone who puts chips in gumball machines (see extreme right) is all right with me!

Several people took advantage of the consignment area and offloaded equipment without having to worry about it.

Several people took advantage of the consignment area and offloaded equipment without having to worry about it.

Display judging returned this year after a brief hiatus.  Here the judges are going over Jordan Rudderman's display with a fine-tooth-comb.  The judging team consisted of Lee Felsenstein (left in gray shirt) Dag Spicer (center in VCF 6.0 shirt) and Alex Bochannek (right with clipboard).

Display judging returned this year after a brief hiatus. Here the judges are going over Jordan Rudderman's display with a fine-tooth-comb. The judging team consisted of Lee Felsenstein (left in gray shirt) Dag Spicer (center in VCF 6.0 shirt) and Alex Bochannek (right with clipboard).

Here are the ribbons laid out and ready to award.

Here are the ribbons laid out and ready to award.

And the awards being announced. . .

And the awards being announced. . .

Larry Pezzolo won 3rd place with his Altair 680.

Larry Pezzolo won 3rd place with his Altair 680.

My Altair 8800 came in second in its class.

My Altair 8800 came in second in its class.

My Commodore Pet came in second in its class.

My Commodore Pet came in second in its class.

And, keeping the trend alive, my TRS-80 came in second in its class as well.  As it turns out my Pet and TRS-80 should have been in the same class so the TRS-80 actually won 3rd place.  The 2nd place ribbon from the TRS-80 really belonged to Wayne Smith's amazing IBM System/23.  The judging results have been amended and awards sent to the appropriate folks.

And, keeping the trend alive, my TRS-80 came in second in its class as well. As it turns out my Pet and TRS-80 should have been in the same class so the TRS-80 actually won 3rd place. The 2nd place ribbon from the TRS-80 really belonged to Wayne Smith's amazing IBM System/23. The judging results have been amended and awards sent to the appropriate folks.

The big winner was Bryan Blackburn with first place ribbons for each of his machines as well as special first place awards for other things including his amazing display.  Congratulations Bryan, but watch out, we're all gunning for you next year!

The big winner was Bryan Blackburn with first place ribbons for each of his machines as well as special first place awards for other things including his amazing display. Congratulations Bryan, but watch out, we're all gunning for you next year!


(Submitted October 2, 2008 21:39:20 by Douglas j Ssse)

had not one but two mark-8's nd sold them for $100 so i could add to my Altair 8800 more memory. now i'm looking for a set to build another mark-8 8008 system.

douglas sasse p.o.box 1064 mankato 56002-1064 minnesota, usa


(Submitted May 5, 2007 20:47:51 by Fr. Paul L. Meyers SFO)

We have a perfect-shape Tandy Computer TRS-80 Model 4 with a DWP-220 Printer. Only problem, unable to get after-market ribbons ! Looking for any info to either get ribbons from any- source or sell-computer. Please call 770 926- 2713. Thank you !


(Submitted April 7, 2007 20:40:44 by jeriddian)

If there is anyone out there who has old gridcase computers, I would be interested in purchasing them. Thank you.


(Submitted April 18, 2006 13:54:56 by vic)

got a nice old emachine winxp from pcworld, big and slow.....free to good home


(Submitted April 11, 2006 14:30:36 by Derek)

I have a Vintage GRiD that is collecting dust. Hate to throw away anyone want it -Boston


(Submitted October 29, 2005 10:58:31 by Charles Lagergren)

I have an ala 1987? GRiDCASE Plus with all the manuals, software DOS, floppies and diskettes, GRiDTASK, etc., battery, and two black GRiD carrying cases. How do I find someone that might be interested in purchasing this equipment? Would you know?


(Submitted October 24, 2005 11:32:01 by Walter Kerns)

I have a table lamp , made from a disk platter from a Cyber 808 (Burroughs brand) hydraulic disk drive. Disk platter is almost 2 feet across. Disk was still in use on supercomputers around 1975. Drive was 6 ft by 7 ft by 3 ft in size. Used a wand and alcohol to clean platters. kerns.walter@epa.gov


(Submitted April 2, 2005 13:13:33 by Raymond D Courtney)

I have three 3b2 machines grathering dust. This includes many loose-leaf binders of 3b stuff, and SCSI drives,also, many Tapes; some with Informix SE & SQL sofeware. I am not able to ship this equipment(you got'ta pick it up), but it's free. I am a retired electronics tech,who spends much time doing PC recording of VINYL's


(Submitted January 21, 2005 22:02:11 by Anthony)

I could spend all day looking through this stuff! I would love to enter in my old computers for a contest. What fun!


(Submitted August 9, 2004 13:00:01 by Manoj Kumar )

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