Which computer desk would you have gotten in 1982?

Most of my early computing was done sitting on the living room floor in front of my family’s TV. Eventually I got a small enough TV that I could wedge onto my tiny desk and approximate the workstation type setups I saw in magazines and movies. It would be more than a decade before I got something closer to a useful place for my computer, but it did not stop me from dreaming about them.

I would look for them in dumpster dives at the many office buildings in my town and would spend too much time staring at them in magazine ads. Here is one such ad from 1982 that shows some of the offerings from the Electronic Systems Furniture Company.

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