The Pilot Ace, one of the first computers built in the UK. Designed by Alan Turing, and built by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the early 1950s
Docubyte photographed the original machines at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, and the images were then retouched by Ink – and placed on a series of rather lovely colored backgrounds – to restore them digitally to how they would have looked when new.
While we probably carry their processing power around on the smartphones in our pockets now, there is something beautiful about these giant mainframes, which have been rendered obsolete by the march of technology and the miniaturization of our computers today.
The Meda 42TA, one of the last analogue hybrid computers to be built in former Czechoslovakia in the early 1970s
The ENDIM 2000 analog computer, a tube-based design developed and manufactured in the former German Democratic Republic
The EAI Pace – a ‘desktop computer’ that was manufactured and produced in the early 1960s
The Harwell Dekatron, also known as the Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell (WITCH), an early British relay-based computer created in the 1950s. A working version is on show at the National Museum of Computing
The HDR75, a small analog hybrid computer that was developed in the former DDR at the Technical University of Dresden
The IBM 729 Magnetic Tape Unit was IBM’s iconic tape mass storage system from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s
The IBM 1401, a variable word length decimal computer first produced in 1959
The ICL 7500 series (7501, 7502, 7503, 7561, etc.) are a range of terminals and workstations that were developed by the now defunct UK computing company, ICL, during the 1970s. By the 1980s, highly specialized versions of these machines had the ability to run the latest available games of the time, such as PacMan and Space Invaders.
The CDC 6600 was the flagship mainframe supercomputer of the 6000 series of computers manufactured by Control Data Corporation. The CDC 6600 is generally considered to be the first successful supercomputer, with performance of up to three megaFLOPS. It held the title of the world’s fastest computer from 1964 to 1969.

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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

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One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.