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The earliest surviving photograph, taken in 1826 or 1827, titled View from the Window at Le Gras. (Wikipedia)
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Oldest Apple Computer

Henry Ford Museum; Dearborn, Michigan

Today, amid the popularity of Mac computers and iPhones (and with the tech world abuzz about the impending release of the Apple Watch), Apple technology might seem ubiquitous, but in 1976, the company only made a single product. The Apple-1, Apple's oldest iteration of the personal computer, sold for $666.66 when it was first introduced in July of 1976. Of the few hundred Apple 1 computers produced, fewer than 50 are believed to still exist.

Though many of those computers belong to private owners, one remaining Apple 1 will soon be on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The museum purchased the computer in late October 2014 for a whopping $905,000 at a New York auction. Details have yet to be released about when the computer will go on permanent exhibition, but in the near future, interested visitors will be able to see the genesis of the Apple empire in the Michigan museum.

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