My Favorite Apple

12 Days of Apple Christmas, Part 1

Written By: Scott - Dec• 11•13

My bucket list of Apple collectibles

Everyone loves to make bucket lists of things they want. Oftentimes these objects of our affection are things we know no one will get ever get us either because they have no clue where to find them or simply because they are way too expensive.

Well, in light of the Holiday Season fast approaching, I want to memorialize my 12 Days of Apple Christmas bucket list. Most all of these are actually Apples of my eye. This list wasn’t difficult to come up with and only took me about 2 minutes.

Day One-

Apple Campus Pirate Flag

pirateflagI’ve always loved the rebel spirit of Apple back in the early days. In September of 1983 at a corporate retreat, Steve said, “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” He rallied the pirate spirit at Apple because he wanted free thinkers, not corporate robots. Andy Hertzfelf adds this about that day, “We had started out as a rebellious skunkworks, much like Apple itself, and Steve wanted us to preserve our original spirit even as we were growing more like the Navy every day.” The flag flew over the Bandley 3 building where the Macintosh team worked. Here’s Andy’s account of the flag.

Susan Kare, the inventor of all the Macintosh icons, actually painted the scull and cross bones with the apple in one eye. Here’s her interesting interview for “On Making the Macintosh” conducted by Stanford University. Steve Capps sewed it together and together they climbed the building and put it up for the Mac Group as a reminder of Steve’s slogan “Let’s be pirates.”

Day Two

Twiggy Mac

I want this machine over the Apple I any day. It embodies the earliest days of Macintosh. My personal favorite. Not to get too dry but because myfavoriteapple serves as my achieve for factoids, here are the details on this wonderfully cool machine.

Twiggy-MacPrototype Apple Macintosh – the 1st “Mac” – also called “Twiggy Mac”, 1983

The first Mac (Macintosh 128k) computer was originally planned to be released with a “Twiggy” floppy disc drive similar to the one used in the Apple Lisa-1 announced in January 1983. By the time the Lisa-1 was ready to ship in summer 1983, however, it was clear that Twiggy was buggy. This proved a lesser problem for the Lisa, which came with a 5 MB hard disc drive, the Mac had no hard disc. – The Macintosh development team discussed the problem and decided to work secretly on the 3.5 Sony disc drive for the original Mac without Steve Jobs’ knowledge. The team switched to the 400k Sony 3.5 disc drive in the last few months before the Macintosh’s scheduled release on January 24th 1984. Not only did the completed Sony drive meet with Jobs’ approval, it worked out so well that it is now hard to imagine what the Mac would have been like without it! The story of the Twiggy Mac can be found at Photo credit: The Cult of Mac.

 Day Three


YI love Lisa T-Shirtou knew I’d eventually come round to maybe more traditional Apple machines and memorabilia, didn’t you? Of course, no collection can be complete without Lisa.

Apple's LisaI’ve got the shirt, but not the machine….yet. I’ve researched this bucket list item and found it is more technical of a purchase then any of the newer machines, like the Apple IIc and later. Aside from dropping $7,500 to $15,000, you’d better understand your specs before you buy this one for me, and I’d prefer the first generation model. Then you can buy me the second.

Lisa, named after Steve’s daughter, is a really cool and retro looking machine. It reeks early Apple, which is why I like it. Apple tried to step out from the boxy look of the Apple II and the competitors’ machines in both the user interface and her design. Excellent history and other factoids about Lisa. Photo credit:

Day Four

Clear Case Apple Portable

Clear Apple PortableAll you need to do is drop in on Jim Abeles Flickr to see and read about this super cool portable prototype.  I’m intrigued with Apple’s successful efforts to make computing portable every since their early days of the Apple Macintosh and IIc. But it was only the Apple Portable that advanced their attempts fast forward. Apple Portable Wiki.

I’ve posted my pics of the production model in my collection. But got to make sure this clear prototype is on my list here. Photo credit:

Here’s what my Apple friend Paul, an expert in Apple collectibles had to say about this portable- “One in good working order I would estimate approx. $8000-$10,000 range.  There were probably about a dozen originally made, of those three are currently known to still exist.”

Day Five

First Macintosh off the Fremont, California production line

Macintosh Assembly LineSure, I’ve love to have a prototype of Macintosh, but that’d be like you finding the Holy Grail, so to make it a bit earlier to find this bucket list item, let’s just go for the first one commercially made. Yeap, I want the one that was first in line as it came through production. Located in Fremont, California, the 160,000 square foot facility cost the company $20-million to build. Apple’s goal was to produce one Macintosh every 27 seconds. Here’s an interesting video tour of the plant back when Apple made Macs there. Steve introduced the Mac on January 24, 1984.  Macintosh overview and history. Photo Credit: Washington Post.

Day Six

Original 1984 Poster

1984 Anna MajorNow here’s you one that might take a while to find. I’ve been in the hunt for a few years now. It’s the original poster with Anya Major. You know the one. She is running down the aisle and flings a sledgehammer at IBM. Here’s the video if you’ve never seen Apple’s 1984 commercial. It’s pretty cool. Be careful on this poster though, cause Macworld remade this poster with an iPod on her belt. This MacWorld 1984-2004 poster commemorates the original commercial from 1984. It measures 24″ x 36″ and reads, “1984 – 2004”. Both the original and “new” poster have the image of Anya Major, the woman runner in the Picasso-style top from the famous Super Bowl 1984 television commercial, only this time she is wearing an iPod. Plus the iPod version is already in my Apple/Mac poster collection.

So, let’s be clear here- the one I want is the one where Anna is not wearing an iPod.

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Next up: 12 Days of Apple Christmas, Part II


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