This image speaks volumes about the birth of the personal computer revolution. In 1977, RadioShack rolled out the TRS-80, a 1.77MHz machine that cost $600 a pop (that’s about $2,300 in today’s money). The “Tandy/RadioShack, Z-80 microprocessor” would give about 200,000 Americans their first experiences with PCs, and apparently meant so much to RadioShack’s business, this store was branded a “computer center.”
Note the “Sign Up for Lessons” invitation in the store window. This store’s grand opening was in 1980.