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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.



146 comments
camcavers
camcavers

@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

camcavers
camcavers

@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

kolearyUX
kolearyUX

@robertDouglass And did you play "hunt the wumpus"? :)

kolearyUX
kolearyUX

@robertDouglass And did you play "hunt the wumpus"? :)

imregmelig
imregmelig

@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 ;-)

imregmelig
imregmelig

@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 ;-)

MrTomHux
MrTomHux

@iamamro Wow. I remember when that came out. I had a Vic 20, and the 64 seemed the most incredible thing ever.

MrTomHux
MrTomHux

@iamamro Wow. I remember when that came out. I had a Vic 20, and the 64 seemed the most incredible thing ever.

branespeaks
branespeaks

@iamamro @pingdom there's a 128 and a couple of Vic20s in there. I expect I am the 65,535th person to point this out.

branespeaks
branespeaks

@iamamro @pingdom there's a 128 and a couple of Vic20s in there. I expect I am the 65,535th person to point this out.

pinot
pinot

@ribosa kereeennn

pinot
pinot

@ribosa kereeennn

wongdan
wongdan

@allisonmcneely I've actually played on one along with my Apple ][ Plus clone named "Banana".

wongdan
wongdan

@allisonmcneely I've actually played on one along with my Apple ][ Plus clone named "Banana".

FASquire
FASquire

@hannahbethbell I still have the 64!

FASquire
FASquire

@hannahbethbell I still have the 64!

iamamro
iamamro

@MrTomHux it was the best I think. Posher than the Spectrum!

iamamro
iamamro

@MrTomHux it was the best I think. Posher than the Spectrum!

thorn_w
thorn_w

@branespeaks there speaks a true C64 geek. #65535

iamamro
iamamro

@branespeaks Possibly! :)

thorn_w
thorn_w

@branespeaks there speaks a true C64 geek. #65535

iamamro
iamamro

@branespeaks Possibly! :)

MrTomHux
MrTomHux

@iamamro You might remember me for such fantastic programs as 10 PRINT "Tom" 20 GOTO 10. Heady days.

MrTomHux
MrTomHux

@iamamro You might remember me for such fantastic programs as 10 PRINT "Tom" 20 GOTO 10. Heady days.

iamamro
iamamro

@MrTomHux haha! YES! That was such wonder!

iamamro
iamamro

@MrTomHux haha! YES! That was such wonder!

thorn_w
thorn_w

@branespeaks I just remember the number from the boot screen. All those poke numbers are long gone.

branespeaks
branespeaks

@thorn_w poke? Don't remember. Used to know shitloads of em :) its just a binary round number init ... 16bit

thorn_w
thorn_w

@branespeaks Hold on, wasn’t the number 38,911 ?

thorn_w
thorn_w

@branespeaks I just remember the number from the boot screen. All those poke numbers are long gone.

branespeaks
branespeaks

@thorn_w poke? Don't remember. Used to know shitloads of em :) its just a binary round number init ... 16bit

thorn_w
thorn_w

@branespeaks Hold on, wasn’t the number 38,911 ?