Wednesday, February 09, 2005

IBM logo tags

I used to collect these things:


My freshman year of college, when the older generation of PC's, keyboards, monitors, terminals, etc. that had the silver metal tags was being removed, I would shamelessly pry them off of remaining University equipment and take them home in order to add them to my collection.

They were all identical except for the small model name or model number under the big "IBM". The computers, and IIRC the monitors also, had one tag on the front with the name and another on the back with the monitor. All PCs and monitors used tags that were the same size. The tag on keyboards was smaller.

Generic computer cases still have a space that is just the right size to glue on one of these vintage tags.


In IBMer parlance, that is called the "8-Bar" Logo.