RosieGuthrie wrote:Yes I see this is not the main focus of this group but there is a certain shared aesthetic...
Indeed there is, and collecting "electronic calculators" overlaps two quite distinct eras of vintage computers. i.e. Pre and post "affordable" microcomputers, and "affordable" calculators happened about 7 years earlier in the late 60's.
The thing is though, that as soon as you get towards the mid 1960's, then you start talking almost exclusively about big heavy EXPENSIVE kit in both computers and most other equipment.
It ends up meaning there's a demarcation of who
the enthusiasts are - because you're no longer talking about things that people could personally
afford or own. I'm generalising here, but that wartime-through-post-war equipment tends to be the domain of the (slightly older) electronic engineers and radio enthusiasts that built
the late 1970's - 1980's computers rather than the hobbyists that used, and now collect them.
... but as you can see, one or two people here have piped up, so the overlap is an interesting question in it's own right. Comments anyone? Maybe a new thread?
RosieGuthrie wrote:I have since come across a 1969 Casio which has valve like numerical display and is a fascinating object.
That's really efficient of you if you have a 1969 casio with "nixie tubes" already. That's a real piece of luck coming across one of those so quickly.
From what I can see even the US collectors seem to have 1965 Casio calculators as a wishlist item only, so that's probably about as early a NZ example as would be realistic... A fully electronic calculator would be an indulgence luxury most accountants would have probably struggled to justify in the mid 60's, so you're probably talking an electromechanical adder... maybe with a printer.
It really does depend on what you're trying to represent or even IF there's something/somewhere you want to represent or if it's not era-specific, and it's just the whole 1960's postwar with "built-for-the-military" anodised steel cases look you're after. I know that being a film/tv project you probably can't say too much.
RosieGuthrie wrote:Also, Like you say, most of the calculators in NZ I have found are 1970's era. I think we have found something we can use for the shoot but the 1960's look still interests me if anyone can uncover one.
Are you in Auckland? There's a junk/antique shop in Oratia called "Just Plane Interesting" which has surprised me once or twice. They also tend to have things that are 1940's - 1960's military or radio in look, and the woolshed cafe is enjoyable, so it's not a real hardship to drop in.
"dsakey" on trademe. Apple II's are my thing.