Commodore 64 users and their computers – photos from the 80s

Commodore 64

On August 1, the classic Commodore 64 computer turned 30 years old. That’s a long time in the world of technology, but the C64 has turned into the little computer that could, with lots of people still using it, websites dedicated to it, and more.

We wanted to pay our own respects to the Commodore 64 as well as all the dedicated users that have used the computer over the years. So we rounded up a number of photos of the C64.

The really cool thing is that these are all photos taken way back when it actually happened, when the Commodore 64 was new, in the 1980s.

Photo by Marten Kullman.

Photo by zzazazz.

Photo by Sharon.

Photo by DiscourseMarker.

Photo by globochem3x1minus1.

Photo by Seth Morabito.

Photo by Hempic.

Photo by Tor Erik Schroder.

Photo by K0dama.

Photo by Todd Graham.

Photo by natebeaty.

Photo by Peder Sandholm.

Photo by Peder Sandholm.

Photo by McStalker.

Photo by Mirko Caserta.

Photo by Tim King.

Photo by Cindy Royster.

Photo by Ethan O’Brien.

The Commodore 64 lives on

With the thousands of computers released since the arrival of the personal computers, it’s tough to pick out any one favorite. But we think it’s fair to say that the Commodore 64 takes up a very special place for many of us. Not only is it the best-selling personal computer of all time, with up to 17 million units sold over 12 years.

If you still can’t get enough of the Commodore 64, watch this interview with Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International, recorded in 2007, on the 25th anniversary of the C64.

Top photo by Conor Lawless.

74 comments

    1. @wigsofoz mine lived until it was superseded by the Atari – then it suffered from curiosity and a screw-driver…

  1. @pingdom Will you start making it possible to schedule hourly Full Page Test’s? We will gladly pay for such a service :)

  2. @andygambles I used to have a Commodore 64 and that exact same joystick. Those were the days. A chess game used to take 30mins to load :-)

  3. @notgoth007 @WishItWas1984 @LaughingSquid Woow, that was my first ever computer; I remember it took me 20 min. to load a game… on tape!!

  4. @notgoth007 Memoriees My BFF had a C64. Still remember playing til sunrise, a Hulk txt adventure & some sea-based treasure hunting game

    1.  @yetanotherfish Yes, seems you’re right. We missed that. Actually we had already not included a long line of photos because they had C128 in them. In some cases the owner of the photo even insisted that they were C64 when clearly they were not. Thanks! We’ll leave the photo in there though :)

    2.  @yetanotherfish Yes, seems you’re right. We missed that. Actually we had already not included a long line of photos because they had C128 in them. In some cases the owner of the photo even insisted that they were C64 when clearly they were not. Thanks! We’ll leave the photo in there though :)

      1.  @Pingdom  @yetanotherfish Nevermind, actually it’s just envy. I never owned a “bread box” (C64) myself. Started with just that 128 model 😉

      2.  @Pingdom  @yetanotherfish 
        My friend had a C128, I remember I was so envious, hehe.   I was big on BASIC programming in the beginning and the C128 BASIC was so much more awesome.   But I made some cool programs with my C64.

    1. @bensigurdson Hahah I was actually trying to figure out whether or not it was a Commodore 64 my parents had. I think it might have been.

  5. @vkusnoserver чем дальше шагает технология, тем больше выступает слеза, вспоминая о пройденном пути.

  6. @jdsmithies @davepell love it! The joysticks and the tape player, classic.. And my fave game impossible mission ‘stay alive stay forevaaaa’

        1. @laurieinseattle there were so many variants. I had a Texas Instruments machine. Played Moon Patrol and Hunt the Wampus on it. That the one?

        2. @ratpack I didn’t realize there were so many variants. My brother & I had the VIC-20. Played Omega Race and Avenger.

        3. @ratpack I actually had both machines in my closet up until I left I left for college in ’96…haha Wish I would have kept them now.

  7. @Muvizu3D I had one too. Tape player and disk drive. Yeh kiddies games on cassette tape. Oh that’s right you don’t know what cassettes are !

  8. @infowonders @iamamro @pingdom the number of photos of ppl with C64s must be as small as the CPU frequency compared to these days CPU’s 😉

  9. @benry I thankfully missed out on the tape thing with my Apple II, my dad wanted to do it right so we got the 5.25” drive they just put out

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