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In this image, a line of Atari home computers, the Atari 800 is being marketed using an eye-catching display booth. Though it appears amusingly dated, it’s not very different from display booths found at tech conferences and in electronics stores today. Image courtesy of James Vaughn/Flickr.

Flashback: Atari Home Computer Circa 1979

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In the image above -- a line of Atari home computers -- the Atari 800 is being marketed using an eye-catching display booth. Though it appears amusingly dated, it’s not very different from display booths found at tech conferences and in electronics stores today.

It’s worth noting that the 800 boasted an 8-bit processor that operated at a blistering 1.79MHz and had an expandable memory slot for up 48Kb. The Atari 800 – and its counterpart, the Atari 400 – were originally named Colleen and Candy.

In typical 1970s fashion, according to gaming history website Gamasutra, the machines were “dubbed Colleen and Candy after two particularly attractive secretaries.” 

Photo courtesy of James Vaughn/Flickr