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THE TOOL BOX THAT BUILT APPLE COMPUTER! An extraordinary relic from the founding of one the largest, and certainly most influential computer design and manufacturing companies in history, the blue steel toolbox owned and obviously heavily-used by Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak in Apple's formative, pre-1978 years! The aqua-blue enameled toolbox measures 13" wide x 5" tall x 7" deep and when opened has a three-section tray attached to the lid. Additionally, the top of the tool box bears a 4" long yellow "Dymo" self adhesive label bearing its owner's name: "STEVE WOZNIAK". This relic of the days of the Apple I bears multiple signs of heavy use: the exterior, interior and tray bear accumulations of dirt and grease, as does the label, scratches within are consistent with the box having carried tools for quite some time, and the bottom of the box shows much wear from having slid about a rough surface. In all respects, this box looks "right"!. The tool box was obtained by M. Thomas Liggett, Jr. who was hired by Apple as a Facilities Engineer "B" in 1978, Apple Computer Employee #114. In his letter of provenance (copy included, original sold with Apple sign in this sale), Liggett notes: "...At some time previous to my hiring [1978], all of the engineers were given small blue toolboxes, with their name in 'Dymo' tape written on the lid. After seeing Steve Wozniak's box laying around for some time, I asked him about it, and he said he had no interest in it. I asked him if I could have it, and he said 'yes'...". Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (b. 1950) is an American computer engineer and the co-founder with Steve Jobs of Apple Computer (now Apple Inc. His inventions and machines are credited with contributing greatly to the personal computer revolution of the 1970s. Wozniak created the Apple I and Apple II computers in the mid-1970s. On April 1, 1976, Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple Computer. Wozniak quit his job at H.P. and became the vice president in charge of research and development at Apple. By 1978, Wozniak had also designed an inexpensive floppy-disk drive controller and helped co-write a simple disk operating system and file system. Thus, in all likelihood, judging from the date of Liggett's hiring and the wear and tear to this tool box, it likely dates from the very founding of today's computer manufacturing giant. A historic relic!
Estimate $ 3,000-5,000

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