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leiy
November 20th, 2015, 07:11 PM
Interesting 1974 MITS brochure, a Altair 8800 "protoype" with no air vent case

I believe this is a photo, and not a hand painted picutre.

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Look at the "MITS" on the silver stripe, that is unique. Is this the photo of mysterious #1th Altair 8800?

I will post more details, when I received the MITS Altair 8800 brochure.

snuci
November 21st, 2015, 05:18 AM
Hi Leiy,

I also have this brochure also along with a price list from April 1975, a one page bulletin on the front and a full page ad for the Compter 256 on the back. I also have a letter from Lou Van Eperen, VP Marketing that starts out with the following phrase, "Dear Customer, Our phones haven't stopped ringing!" LOL. I'm sure they didn't at the time :)

There is only one picture of the Altair 8800 on the front cover. Here's a bigger version. It's definitely a picture.

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Here's a larger version. (http://vintagecomputer.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Altair-Brochure-pic.jpg) Right click on the image and you can view it and zoom in, depending on your browser.

It's a great brochure so nice find. This is only the second one I've seen surface but I don't know if these are rare.

leiy
November 23rd, 2015, 08:13 PM
Hi Leiy,

I also have this brochure also along with a price list from April 1975, a one page bulletin on the front and a full page ad for the Compter 256 on the back. I also have a letter from Lou Van Eperen, VP Marketing that starts out with the following phrase, "Dear Customer, Our phones haven't stopped ringing!" LOL. I'm sure they didn't at the time :)

There is only one picture of the Altair 8800 on the front cover. Here's a bigger version. It's definitely a picture.

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Here's a larger version. (http://vintagecomputer.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Altair-Brochure-pic.jpg) Right click on the image and you can view it and zoom in, depending on your browser.

It's a great brochure so nice find. This is only the second one I've seen surface but I don't know if these are rare.

Thanks for the enlarged picture. If the picture is hand painted, the painting skill is high.

billdeg
November 24th, 2015, 09:43 AM
Here is a better view of the same picture, from my Altair page. I went through every illustration and photo and cleaned them up.

http://vintagecomputer.net/altair-poptronics.cfm

Bill

grant
January 8th, 2016, 04:34 PM
The cases used on the Altair 8800, 680, and associated products were standard items from Optima. I don't think they came with vent holes, that was something MITS added. Optima forgot to put vent holes in my 680 case!!! They just made it off of their original drawings for the standard case. MITS probably built the first few units with standard cases, maybe before they realized how hot they would get?