Friday, August 9, 2013

Vintage Computers- PDP8s & PDP8 Minicomputers have a new home with Bob Rosenbloom

LR Bob & Dave
Bob Rosenbloom came in early this morning by plane from Santa Cruz, California and arrived  at the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" warehouse ready to load up by 10:30 AM. Our loading crew arrived about 10 minutes later. Bob's rented truck was loaded with the PDP8S, PDP8 minicomputer and the Systron Donner Analog Computer in about 1 hour - the loading really went smoothly as the Analog computer weighs in at 800 pounds - we used a forklift to get this on the truck. Bob also loaded an ASR33 Teletype for the PDP computers.   The PDP8S was rather small and light weight - it went into the  passenger seat of the truck for a cushy ride to California.
Bob was treated to a Virginia Lunch at our house by my wife Gaynell. Bob and I then did a 2 hour tour of our area that included the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" and our "Chantilly Festival Farm" . It was about 3:30 PM however for Bob's California time it was only 12:30 and he took to the road to get a good start on his 2700 mile journey to Sana Cruz, CA.

Update - My wife and I visited Bob Rosenbloom and Lyle Beckley - in October 2013 after they had purchased computers from  our collection - great visit we  also visited the Computer History Museum while in CA.

   Bob arrived today and here is a few words about the journey in his own words, 8-9-13

                          Video of Bob's visit in his words

 The Systron Donner Analog computer weighs 800 pounds - a forklift was need to get this on the truck.

 Easy fellows, this is important cargo.

 On the truck - easy with the right equipment.

Analog Computer strapped down for the 2700 mile journey.  Loading crew Nate, Bob and Jason.

Dave - curator of the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" inspecting the passenger, the PDP8S.

More to be added to this blog - I need some sleep now.

 Here is a look at some of Bob's Vintage Computers.

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WOW it was great to load these computers for a new home and  Bob is sure excited to have them for his collection. Bob really likes the vintage minicomputers and other large antique computer memorabilia.  I like all this also however I am working more with the historical Microcomputers. All of our staff are delighted to see these computers go to a new home where they will be treated very special.
"By David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector Historian.


  1. David: Thanks for the photos, blog and voice of Bob and you discussing the loading and transfer of the PDP-8, PDP-8/S and SD Analog Computer to Bob's truck. I helped Bob unload the truck at his home here in California early this morning. It only took us about an hour to unload everything - and all is safely in place in his collection. Bob's wife took pictures as we unloaded, and I'm sure Bob will get you copies of same!

    Cheers, Lyle

    1. Hi Lyle - Thank you for the post and helping Bob unload his computers - I sure did enjoy my visit with him and hope to see him and family out this way again. I see you are a ham. Maybe we can have a schedule sometime. Do you operate HF SSB? I have a blog here on this blog group about my 6 decades of ham radio - may be interesting for you. You can find it under my Blog listings. Also tweet ham stuff at Great to hear from you. Dave Laren


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