I know most of you are old enough to remember 5 1/4″ floppy disks, but did you know they used to sell them in single packages? The Tandy Floppy Disk above is an example of how they were packaged.
Most commonly, blank disks were sold in packs of 10. They came in cardboard boxes, which could be used to store them. If you bought them in bulk. like I occasionally did, you could order them in 25, 50, or even 100 packs. Back then formatting a blank disk took a minute or two. So you could save money by purchasing them unformatted. However if you wanted to save a little time, but spend a little more, you could pony up for the formatted ones. If you were really crazy and desperate you could buy them without the paper sleeves. But a naked floppy is insanity and if my opinion, not worth saving.
Back before Radio Shack was your home for cellphones, batteries and remote controlled toys, they sold computers and computer accessories. Including blank disks. I found the Tandy Floppy Disk pictured above out in my garage. As you can see it is of a single floppy disk packed in plastic. A single serving size of floppy.
I really do no remember when I picked this up. But, I am imagining a scenario in which someone might need to buy a single floppy disk. Perhaps a businessman on his way to work might remember, “Oh! I forgot! I was supposed to bring a single blank disk to work today!” That lucky fellow could swing his Ford Pinto right into Radio Shack, pick up a Tandy-brand floppy disk, and be on his way in no time. I’m assuming a guy who could only afford to buy one floppy disk at a time might drive a Ford Pinto as well.
What did you need your single Tandy Floppy Disk for? Your Tandy computer, of course.
Enjoy this classic Tandy Computer Commercial
Bill has a problem with lots of technology, but not with R2D2, he was cute and and a fine fine actor. This was Raw footage for “Wired In,” a never completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. It sounds like a show I would have LOVED!
This photo was added to the Retroist Image Pool recently and was uploaded by the always interesting retro-space. It caught my eye as soon as I spotted it because I think my grammar school used the same technology. We would sit around this round table all wearing headphones listening to records about dinosaurs and the stars.
Peachy pointed me to this photo in the Retroist Image Pool last week and I have looked at it a few times since then. I like the style and the colors, but what really has captured my attention is imagining how satisfying the sound of closing the lid on this thing must be.
I love it when two totally unassociated retro icons come together! I am talking about transistor radios and Polaroid film………..
Not only do two worlds collide like chocolate and peanut butter in this cool unit; there is a twist……………………..
Yes, this radio is powered by the leftover battery juice from your empty Polaroid film cartridge. As a kid, I loved to take the empty film cartridge, put it back in the camera and run around pretending to take pictures of sisters in bathrooms and dads sneaking a smoke. Unfortunately I was fresh out of spent Polaroid film when I got this so I had to tape some wires onto the contact of the dead battery / cart that was in it to test it. It worked fine, but alas did not seem to tune in any Abba or Captain and Tennille. Thanks for looking and, yes, I will be getting a new camera. Sorry.