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HP garage joins National Register of Historic Places

Judging by the number of comments, people seemed to like Hewlett-Packard's recent news about the HP-35, and here's some more from the home office in Palo Alto: Bill Hewlett's famous garage is now on the National Register of Historic Places, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

I visited the garage in 2005.  From the outside, it's nothing special -- just a simple structure behind a gate on an otherwise normal suburban street.  But when you stop to consider what happened inside that garage, it becomes a very moving experience.

At my user group's museum, where David Packard actually worked for a while when it was a military base, our collection features an HP-300A Harmonic Wave Analyzer.  That's a generation or two removed from HP's garage years, but it's still fun to appreciate the connections between their first products and the computer revolution.

To learn more, read the early HP story in Stewart Gillmor's book about Stanford's Fred Terman, which I wrote about here.  Or if you haven't already read it, check out Packard's classic, The HP Way.