Right before the announce of any significant product the manufacturer
might prepare a kit containing photographs, press releases,
etc. IBM prepared a press kit for the PCjr that included the following:
I obtained this copy of the press kit from Stan Veit, who was the
Technical Editor at "Computers and Electronics", a Ziff Davis
- Two large black and white photographs featuring
- Two color slides, one featuring the PCjr on a white
the customary Charlie Chaplin rose and the other showing the PCjr in
use in a school setting.
- Multiple press releases, extolling the virtues of the
versatile learning aid", as IBM's "newest, most affordable personal
computer", and as bringing "advanced features to family computing."
- A technical fact sheet that described the machine it
level detail, including thins like the ROM access time, the length of
the power cord, etc.
At the moment I've only scanned the two large pictures from the
kit. I'll be scanning the rest as I find time. (I
to find a decent slide scanner for the two color slides that were part
of the kit.)
Some interesting things to note in the picture:
- The monitor featured is the IBM 5153 CGA monitor,
for use with the PC. All early promotional pictures for the
feature this monitor. Apparently the PCjr color monitor was
ready for the product launch. If placed on top of the PCjr,
might not fit and it would definitely drive the diskette drive nuts
- This machine features the original Chiclet keyboard,
being used without the keyboard cord. That requires that the
machine be in 'line of sight' of the keyboard.
- This machine features the parallel printer sidecar,
an IBM Graphics Printer. The IBM Compact Printer is featured
the press kit, but probably is not featured here because it would not
have been suitable for business use.
And in this picture ...
- Once again, the IBM 5153 Color monitor is prominently
the side of the machine. The PC 5150 in back has the monitor
top of the system unit.
- Keyboard cords are being used in the school
Can you imagine the inteference generated by a room full of cordless