Put Apple history on your wall with super-nerdy patent posters

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Apple Mac Poster
Pop art for the tech generation.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Kitting out your dream geek-room, but don’t know what to put on the walls? Well, have no fear because Retro Patents are here — and they’ve got some unique Apple posters to sell you.

Giving a new lease of life to the original patent illustrations for devices like the iPhone and Macintosh 128K (both of which celebrated their birthdays this month), each $25 print includes the names of its inventors, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office reference number, product name, and the date of the original patent filing.

The only other Apple-related print the group does is one for the original Apple mouse, although there are plenty of others for classic games consoles, the first Tesla car, and even non-gadgets like Google’s famous PageRank algorithm.

Sure, it’s an acquired taste to stick a patent up on your wall, but there’s something quite fun about being reminded that there was once a time when today’s ubiquitous products had to be painstakingly sketched out to protect them in the marketplace. And as geeky pop-art there’s something eye-catching about them.

Now if only they’d expand their Apple-centric range to include a few of the less obvious computers from over the years. Where’s the Mac SE/30, for instance? Or the original Newton MessagePad? Now that’s a way to highlight your geek cred!

Source: Retro Patents