Museum of early consumer electronics and 1st achievements

  Reel to reel B&W video
    Reel to reel colour video  
    1st Umatic  
    Philips n1500 n1700 v2000  
    1st VHS VCRs  
  1st Betamax VCRs  
    1st compact video cassette  
    Old video cameras
    1st camcorders
    1st laser disc player
  Vintage satellite (receivers with knobs on!)
    Old televisions
    1st home computers
    Vintage electronic devices
    Turntables & tone arms  
    Valve (tube) amplifiers  
    Reel to reel audio  
    1st audio cassette recorders
  1st brick cell phones  
  Antique telephones  
  Old toys  
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The 1st home computers.

PET Popular Science Magazine October 1977

The fist computers mostly went into schools and colleges but they soon arived in the home.
The Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore Amiga are both interesting as they were the first to be
used for video titling in the home and by the early semi professional videographer.

1977 Commodore PET 2001 Computer.

This was the first ever desktop computer. It had 8K of RAM.
It also has the blue tinted screen cover.





Popular Science magazine. 1977

Popular Science Magazine October 1977

Commodore PET 3008 Computer.

This was the second generation Commodore PET. It also had 8K of RAM.

Pet cover Pet

Pet Commodore Manuals

This page will soon include -

The Sinclair zx81 (1981) Boxed and complete.

Sinclair ZX 81

A brand new Sinclair zx81 kit (1981)

The Sinclair Spectrum

Sinclair Spectrum

The Commodore Amiga. Boxed and complete.

ZX Computing. Sept. 1982

ZX Computing. Sept. 1982

The Sinclair ZX80. 1980.
Boxed and complete

Sinclair ZX 80 Sinclair ZX 80

Sinclair ZX 80 Sinclair ZX 80

Our ZX80 is boxed and the box has the original 1980 postmark.

Commodore Vic 20 and extras.

Vic 20 Vic 20 cassette

Vic 20 printer Commodore Compendium

The Directory. Winter 1990/91

The Directory. Winter 1990/91

The Sinclair QL. 1984
(Quantum Leap)
Boxed and complete.

The first ever 32 bit CPU computer.

Sinclair QL

The Sinclair QL was introduced by Sinclair as a fast computer to replace
the 8 / 16 bit computers that were around at the time. It used the new
68008 processor from Motorola. The QL was the first home computer based
on a 32 bit CPU. All previous computers from Sinclair were aimed at the
consumer but Clive Sinclair aimed the QL at the business user.
At the time I saw it on the front cover of "Sinclair User" and I have kept
the magazine ever since then. It is great that after all the these years
the museum has two QLs including one boxed and perfect.
In 1984 the Sinclair QL cost 399 Customers paid a deposit so they could
receive a QL as soon as it came out. This proved to be a mistake ......

Sinclair QL

(The manual for the QL was like a phone directory and both QLs
in the museum are complete with manuals.)

Sinclair QL

Sinclair QL

This data storage drives were small magnetic tape cartridges and stored about 100K.
The museum has about 50 of these drives. The QL was introduced before all the bugs
were sorted out and early samples received poor press reviews. They hung up and lost
data. Later units worked well but the microdrives did not offer enough storage.
When Amstrad took over Sinclair, the QL was discontinued.
After the success of the Spectrum and the ZX range, the QL was considered a failure.
However, many QL enthusiasts exist today and software is widely available for it.

Sinclair User. March. 1984

Sinclair User. March. 1984

Brother EP44. Estimated date 1984.

Brother Case Brother EP 44

Brother EP 44

Here you can see the Brother EP-44. An electronic personal printer / word processor.

In 1982 the EP-20 was the world's first & smallest battery-drive electronic typewriter.
By combining thermal transfer technology and high technology, its compact body,
advanced functions and high performance was achieved. Other companies followed this
innovative product and the trend for miniaturization of typewriters greatly progressed.
See for Brother history.

And ....
before the computer was the typewriter ...

Portable Typewriter

This one is an Olivetti in mint condition.

Portable Typwriter

The museum on tour

Making a donation.

The Rewind Museum is a non-profit making endeavor. The web site and the touring exhibitions are run on
a voluntary basis. Donations, not money, just old items you no longer want, are always welcome.
If you have something that you think would be of interest, please contact us with the details.
We can send in a courier to pick them up. (Even an international courier). Thank you.

Also see

The 1952 Chevy truck

The 1952 Chevy truck web site.

Link to our main site. Satellite TV.

Sponsored by Vision International.
Note. One of our businesses, Vision International (established 1991) sponsors the
Rewind Museum including financial support for this web site.
Vision International is one of a group of businesses that we have in the field of
Satellite TV. This is a link to our sponsor.

Dreambox DM8000 60cm Clear dish

tune in an extra 8000 channels? Watch the world? Links to some of the pages are below,

Sky Receivers Freesat Receivers Transparent Dishes Motorised systems High Definition Receivers. Caravan satellite
LNBs Catalogue index page of all satellite products. Technomate Installation equipment. Satellite finder meters

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making voluntary basis. Our main business website is at
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We supply satellite goods in the UK and worldwide including fixed and
motorised satellite systems, accessories and installation equipment.

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