Artifact Details

Title

Minitel 5 laptop

Catalog Number

102747616

Type

Physical object

Date

1987 ca.

Manufacturer

Matra Communications, Inc.

Place Manufactured

France

Identifying Numbers

Other number CNET/PAA/SRE/CRE/1 45 29 59 05 On the front of the top lid.
Other number N-761548N On a label on the bottom.
Other number NMNMD 9016 05256 On a label on the bottom.
Other number XB1121AC1 On a label on the bottom.

Dimensions

overall: 2 in x 11 3/8 in x 8 5/8 in

Category

Digital computer/personal computer/laptop

Curator Notes

Minitel 5 portable terminal, France Telecom, early 1990s
Not many of these portable Minitel terminals were made; they were marketed to traveling salespeople but primarily used by people working on the Minitel online system itself. France’s Minitel was the largest “Web” before the World Wide Web, with over six million users by 1984 and 30 million at its peak in the 1990s. The Minitel system shut down June 30, 2012.

Credit

Gift of La Collection Historique de France Telecom

Lot Number

X7004.2014