Today we spent the day with Megan and Rick Prelinger, founders of The Prelinger Library "An appropriation-friendly collection of books, periodicals and print ephemera, open to the public in downtown San Francisco".
Here, a spread from the computer magazine "Byte" from the mid-1980s, one of the many bound volumes of "obsolete" periodicals and trade journals in the library's collection. Aside from the diverse editorial approaches and articles, it is their advertisements – their wording, imagery and prices – which perhaps paint the most fascinating portrait of technology, optimism and social change. The library is currently open Wednesday 1–8pm or by appointment.
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