Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard with documentation, c. 1985.

Made:
circa 1985 in Russia
maker:
Sinclair Research Limited
Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard with documentation, c. 1985. (personal computer) Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard with documentation, c. 1985. (personal computer)

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Microcomputer, Sinclair Spectrum Clone (black), keyboard with Russian characters with documentation c1985

Microcomputer, Sinclair Spectrum Clone (black) with a Soviet-made keyboard with Cyrillic characters, c. 1985. Large numbers of clones of Sinclair computers were produced in the former Soviet Union. It was impossible for computer enthusiasts to legitimately get hold of genuine western computer technology before the removal of the Iron Curtain, leading electronics enthusiasts in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to reverse-engineer smuggled-in western machines. This process was made more problematic for Soviet users by the fact that they used a different alphabet. Sinclair computers remained popular in Russia until quite recently, although PCs are now predominant as elsewhere in the world.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1993-181
Materials:
metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), electrical components, composites and paper (fibre product)
Measurements:
50 x 430 x 260 mm
type:
personal computer
credit:
Baracholka

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Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard, c. 1985.

Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard, c. 1985.

Microcomputer, Sinclair Spectrum Clone (black), keyboard with Russian characters, Russia, c1985


Microcomputer, Sinclair Spectrum Clone (black) with a Soviet-made keyboard with Cyrillic characters, c. 1985. Large numbers of clones of Sinclair computers were produced in the former Soviet Union. It was impossible for computer enthusiasts to legitimately get hold of genuine western computer technology before the removal of the Iron Curtain, leading electronics enthusiasts in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to reverse-engineer smuggled-in western machines. This process was made more problematical for Soviet users by the fact that they used a different alphabet. Sinclair computers remained popular in Russia until quite recently, although PCs are now predominant as elsewhere in the world.

Measurements:
50 x 430 x 260 mm
Materials:
plastic (unidentified) , electronic components , composites and metal (unknown)
Object Number:
1993-181/1
type:
personal computer
Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard documentation, c. 1992

Soviet Sinclair Spectrum clone keyboard documentation, c. 1992

Documentation from microcomputer, '500 Games for ZX Spectrum', Sinclair Spectrum Clone (black), keyboard with Russian characters, Russia, c. 1992.


A Russian handbook titled '500 Games for ZX Spectrum' for use with a microcomputer, Sinclair Spectrum Clone.. Large numbers of clones of Sinclair computers were produced in the former Soviet Union. It was impossible for computer enthusiasts to legitimately get hold of genuine western computer technology before the removal of the Iron Curtain, leading electronics enthusiasts in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to reverse-engineer smuggled-in western machines. This process was made more problematical for Soviet users by the fact that they used a different alphabet. Sinclair computers remained popular in Russia until quite recently, although PCs are now predominant as elsewhere in the world.

Measurements:
overall: 96 mm x 43 mm x 9 mm,
Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
1993-181/2
type:
instructions
Casette tape

Casette tape

Casette tape, boxed, with handwritten list of stored data

Object Number:
1993-181/3
type:
casette