Perspectives on Our History Through Technology
January 27th - February 28th, 2003
*** EXTENDED thru March 4th at 5 pm ***
Rosenthal Library Rotunda and 2nd Floor Display Cases
Special Bonus Exhibit - February 10th, 2003
Our one-day special bonus exhibit featured education and office technology used at Queens College or by our faculty and staff. You can see pictures of that day in the Rotunda exhibit while the rest of the exhibit is still available. List of items
Two photos above by Syd Lefkoe
About the Exhibit
As we look at old technology, we laugh at its limitations and primitive design. If we look further, we learn about our history, and how each technology shapes our view of ourselves and the world.
We seem to be in constant need of a better way to do things. We want educational and office technology to be attractive, compact, flexible, and easy to use. We want it to save time. We want our educational technology to extend the reach of our teachers. Science fiction merges with research and development as we move ahead through the creative uses of technology.
The theme of the 1958 Brussels World's Fair was published in one of the Fair's English language pamphlets. A copy of the excerpt is in the center / title panel of this exhibit in the Rotunda:
All men are born with a common heritage. Given half a chance this heritage can unite men and lead to an era of global common sense. Confident of this, the Brussels World's Fair 1958 proclaims its theme - a declaration of faith in mankind's ability to mold the atomic age to the ultimate advantage of all nations and peoples.This message is especially appropriate for us today.
Modern technology has made communications and exchange between nations swift and easy. But it has failed to diminish world tensions. The unfamiliar still arouses distrust, and distrust divides the world far more sharply than oceans or national boundaries.
Nations, like persons, must willingly seek each other's trust.
A necessary first step is to bring together the world's citizens in an atmosphere of tolerance and peaceful exchange. This the Brussels World's Fair 1958 seeks to do.
Curator: Syd Lefkoe
Curatorial and Acquisitions Assistance
Jeff Castellan, Nancy Williams, and Ellen Rondot
Credits and Thanks
Thanks to all the departments and individuals who have made our past, current and future exhibits possible in a variety of ways. We especially thank our friends and colleagues on campus and at CUNY for encouragement, shared space, and donations / loans of fun items that help us tell what we think is an interesting story.
Items On Display in the One-Day Special Bonus
Standard Issue at Queens College
Monday February 10th only / 11 am -7 pm
Rosenthal Library Rotunda
We hope you were able to join us on February 10th, at our One-Day Special Bonus Exhibit showcasing selected educational and office technology workhorses of the past that were too large for the display cases. Each item on display has a story and represents part of our history.
The pictures on this panel are from that one-day Bonus Exhibit, and we have compiled a listing of the items below. If you were not able to be with us at the exhibit, we hope you enjoy this display now.
Decwriter LA 36 - printing terminal (QC Financial Aid Services); purchased 1976.
Compaq (QC Social Sciences Lab); circa 1983.
Compaq Plus (QC Accounting and Information Systems); circa 1983.
IBM PC-XT (QC Financial Aid Services); circa 1983.
Kaypro 4 (Dave Speidel - Geology / SEES, Provost; retired *); circa 1983.
Osborne I (QC Anthropology - on loan); circa 1981.
Zenith Laptop (QC OCT); circa late 1980s.
Apple II Plus (Marian
Freeland - Administrative Data Processing, now OCT; retired*); purchased
Franklin Ace 1000 (QC Accounting and Information Systems); circa 1982.
Apple IIe (QC Reading Lab); circa 1983.
Macintosh - Model 0001 (Bob Pam - Urban Studies; retired*); circa 1984.
Macintosh 512K (Carla R. Robinson - librarian at Florida Atlantic University, and husband
David Robinson - Former Apple employee*); circa 1984.
Assistive Technology for
People With Disabilities
The Reading Edge Kurzweil Reader (QC Assistive Technology Center)
Other Office and Ed Tech
Bell and Howell Ditto Machine (QC Accounting and Information Systems)
Varifax Bantam Copier (QC Accounting and Information Systems)
Graflex Schoolmaster Filmstrip Projector (QC AV Services, now OCT / Media Services)
* = personal property of the
photo by S. Lefkoe