A CoM reader wrote in after our story on the Apple symbols pried from dead computers and transformed into jewelry to say that he’s been doing the same for years.
The reader, who goes by the handle univac, set up a gallery of what he calls “liberated logos” on Flickr –Â there’s something wonderful about seeing the evolution of them side by side.
His collection includes a ton of iconic rainbow Apple symbols (including one possibly from a 512 “Fat Mac,”) plus larger ones from laserwriters, G3s and Quadras.
More pics after the jump.
So what does he do with all of it?
Some become buttons, pins, tie clips and magnets, some he wears, some he gives away. He says he’s considered setting up an etsy page to sell them but says, “they’re hard to get rid of.”
He culls them from computers destined for the trashcan, recycling centers or junkyards and notes that liberating those little rainbows is not easy:
“The logos typically are aluminum, attached with a very strong adhesive and are difficult to remove. Most times they get marred by even the end of a sharp knife when pried out,” so only the best-looking ones get turned into knickknacks.
His favorites are the large blue transparent logos (the ones in the upper left of the first pic were rescued from 17″ Apple Studio CRTs) but he still hasn’t decided what to do with them.
Don’t know about you guys, but next time I come across an abandoned Mac, I’m going to pry off a memento…