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Department: History
Date: 1975-1976
Medium: paper, ink, print
Dimensions:
35 1/2 x 25 in. (90.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification: Communication Objects
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Tom Antreasian
Object number: PC2013.5.3
DescriptionPromotional poster for MITS' World Altair Computer Convention. Two sided poster. Entitled: "Start Here." Reverse reads, "Arrive Here." The MITS World Altair Computer Convention, held in Albuquerque in 1976, was the first personal home computing convention.

In 1969 Ed Roberts and Forrest Mims founded MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) to begin manufacturing electronic calculators and, eventually, personal computers. As a result of their innovations, the world’s first trade show for personal computer users—the Altair World Trade Show—was held in March 1976 at the Albuquerque Airport Marina Hotel.
Not on view
Label Text:In 1969 Ed Roberts and Forrest Mims founded MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) to begin manufacturing electronic calculators and, eventually, personal computers. As a result of their innovations, the world’s first trade show for personal computer users was held in March 1976 at the Albuquerque Airport Marina Hotel.

Attendees from eight countries tested out the Altair 8800, perused promotional literature, and toured the MITS’ factory on Alamo Avenue, S.E., near the airport. This showcase for H. Edward Roberts’ creation helped spark a worldwide computer revolution.