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Mini Skirt Monday: Minis and Vintage Computers

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Is there a better way to start out the week than with a generous helping of old-school miniskirts?  That’s our philosophy anyway, so we plan to bring you offerings of vintage minis at the start of each work week.   To start with, let’s have a look at miniskirts and computers.  Most of these photographs are from the start of the Seventies, when computers were big and skirts were small.  Enjoy!

 

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I was going to theme this week’s edition of Miniskirt Monday “Miniskirts and Megohmeters”; but, quite frankly, there’s not a lot of pictures of megohmeters alongside lasses in short skirts.  Maybe another day.

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Many of you may recall that all desks used to have a “modesty screen” on the front (for secretaries in skirts).  No such screen for this girl.

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Mr. Unibrow thinks he’s going to score with the lovely.  Nope.

You can almost smell the BO in this picture.  That poor girl.

 

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You may recognize a few of these images from a previous article: When Computers Were Giant.

The next three photographs of three paleo-computers are nearly identical; all that changes is the mini.

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I have to admit, although these computers pale in comparison to modern day technology, they sure looked a lot more impressive.  You probably felt like you were at the helm of starfleet back then.

 

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Many lessons were learned by these girls on this occasion.  Not about computing, but about politely fending off lecherous computer nerds.

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Sometimes the computers had more exotic curves than the models; but, a miniskirt is a miniskirt.  No complaints here.

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This old computer equipment required a lot adjustments from the ladies.  I suppose the men were comfortably tucked away in their offices drinking Scotch.

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It’s the 80s and computers and miniskirts still go great together.  A timeless combination.

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For the price of a mid-sized car, you too could own an electronic calculator!

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The ladies were vastly outnumbered in the electrical engineering field in the 70s.  (Last I checked, that hasn’t changed much.)

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Sex Sells…. Lasergraphic Plotters.

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What the hell is this?  A Gitmo rectal thermometer?

(I kid.  It’s actually a king-sized model of a handheld voltmeter that did good business for HP (now Agilent) back in the day.)

 

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I love how they really tried to sex-up their plotting systems.

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These two guys are clearly the Starsky & Hutch of the computer engineering department.  You can sense their frustration as they make their move on these two hotties, while the bespectacled gal in the middle cramps their style.

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Back in the day, you had to use a little sex to sell your Frigidaire-sized computer because there’s nothing sexy about a machine that gets your quarterly financials done.

Nowadays, the industry doesn’t need to use sex as a selling hook because it’s a foregone conclusion that you’re buying a computer solely for porn.

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Hope you enjoyed these.  Same time next week!

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