Radio Shack Line Printer, Model TRS-80 V, circa 1980

Radio Shack and Tandy Corporation1979/1982

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Dot matrix printers were introduced to the computing market in the 1970s. Their operation is similar to a typewriter: a print head moves across the page, striking an inked ribbon, producing characters. As hardware improved, speed and typeface options increased. However groundbreaking, by the 1990s, dot matrix printers were replaced by inkjet and laser printers, capable of producing photorealistic images.


  • Title: Radio Shack Line Printer, Model TRS-80 V, circa 1980
  • Creator: Radio Shack, Tandy Corporation
  • Date Created: 1979/1982
  • Location: United States, Texas, Fort Worth, Japan
  • Subject Keywords: Communication, Computers, Printing (Process), Computer printers, Line printers
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Line printer
  • Object ID: 95.114.1
  • Manufacturer: Radio Shack
  • Image ID: THF155962
  • Field: Computing
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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