Heathkit H88 Computer, 1979

Heath Company and Zenith Data Systems (Firm)1979

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

The Heath Company was founded in the 1920s as a "do-it-yourself" electronics kit provider. "Heathkits" provided simple, accessible instructions understandable to amateurs and experts alike. As hobbyists built radios, televisions, and computers from scratch, they gained electronics skills. These kits were not novelties, but emphasized access to affordable, advanced, high-performance technology. Parallels easily be seen within present-day "Maker" culture.


  • Title: Heathkit H88 Computer, 1979
  • Creator: Heath Company, Zenith Data Systems (Firm)
  • Date Created: 1979
  • Location: United States, Michigan, Benton Harbor
  • Subject Keywords: Communication, Computers, Microcomputers
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Microcomputer
  • Object ID: 2010.53.1
  • Manufacturer: Heath Company Zenith Data Systems
  • Image ID: THF158162
  • Field: Computing
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Drs. Ralph and Gertrude Gregory.

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