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One of the fascinating things about the 1976 Apple I computer was that it was only sold as a board – you had to bring your own keyboard, screen, and power supply.

That meant every single Apple I was different. Here’s a gallery celebrating some of the most interesting ones.
A lot of wood and old-fashioned TVs remind us this is all happening in mid-to-late 1970s.

(Here are two more examples.)

These two had more of an industrial look.

This Apple was branded by the owner as Apple One+, although I don’t know what that means. The extra chips and the toggle labeled FM make me pause – and there’s a speaker, too?

On the other hand, some were basically case-less, mounted on whatever surface was nearby.

…even just a few pegs.

Some took this in interesting directions, their owners mounting them like you’d install a photo… and this one even came with a keyboard of its successor, Apple II.

I found the transparent cases particularly attractive, showcasing that the Apple I PCB is so elegant in and of itself (kudos, @stevewoz!).

Here’s one with two “function keys.”

@stevewoz Here’s what I assume is a more modern case, from @LivingComputers Museum in Seattle – a place where you can actually interact with the Apple I!
@stevewoz @LivingComputers And here’s another one from the same museum – “the model that Steve Jobs would bring to potential buyers to demonstrate its capabilities.”
@stevewoz @LivingComputers A few were charming, none more so than one this in a unique case with an amazing wordmark.
@stevewoz @LivingComputers But my favourite bunch were Apple Is mounted in… suitcases, giving them unique portability.

Here’s one of them.

@stevewoz @LivingComputers Here’s another one, currently residing in Scotland.
@stevewoz @LivingComputers And this last, possibly the most fascinating, “all-in-one” Apple I – coming with a “built-in” tape recorder, and a mini manual.

@stevewoz @LivingComputers Out of some 200 Apple Is made, there are about ~60 extant ones we know of. Some volunteers try to keep track of their whereabouts on this website: apple1registry.com
@stevewoz @LivingComputers All of this style reminds me of something very different – the early Soviet/East European home computers, often also in weird, “homely” cases made out of whatever was laying around.

@stevewoz @LivingComputers There’s just one tiny difference: none of *these* fetches hundreds of thousands dollars in today’s auctions.

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