Computer Labs (1982, 1985): The Atari 800

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North Beach Elementary School, Miami, Florida, 1982. (Photo: The Miami Herald)

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1985 (Photo: The Miami Herald)

There’s some masking tape on the computer in the first photo. I can make out “Do Not,” but that’s it.

Lots more Atari 800’s in the second photo. Yes, kids, those were our monitors. We have the hernias to prove it.

(Images via Vintage Photos 2012)

3 Responses to “Computer Labs (1982, 1985): The Atari 800”


  1. 1 leftylimbo February 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Woo hoo! I can hear the loud sector-crunching whirrs of those disk drives all over again. I wish I knew where my 800XL was. I miss that thing now.

    Dang, notice all three of those doods in the foreground are wearing topsiders? Can’t tell if they’re Sperrys or not, though. =)

  2. 2 2W2N February 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Yeah, the topsiders without socks were big. But where’s the pinch-roll?

  3. 3 bumm13 March 18, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Looks like the writing on the masking tape says “Do not touch the orange key”, which is probably the Option key. Not entirely sure why that would be such a big deal (for such a stern warning).


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