Pristine Apple Computer check to Graphics West, signed by Steve Jobs in July 1976—the debut of the Apple-1
Extraordinary Apple Computer Company check, 6 x 3, filled out and signed by Jobs, "steven jobs," payable to Graphics West for $33.92, July 9, 1976. Headed "Apple Computer Company," the check uses Apple's first official address at "770 Welch Rd., Ste. 154, Palo Alto"—the location of an answering service and mail drop that they used while still operating out of the famous Jobs family garage. In very fine condition.
This exemplary Apple Computer check dates to the summer of 1976, as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were bringing their first product—the Apple-1 Computer—to market. Graphics West was a lithography and printing firm based in Palo Alto, and presumably used for production of early Apple-1 marketing or support materials: perhaps the covers for the Apple-1 Operation Manual, which featured the company's original 'Isaac Newton' logo, or the double-sided advertising slick that billed the pioneering microcomputer's features and advantages. Memorably priced with repeating digits, the Apple-1 and its advertisements present an early example of Steve Jobs's playful marketing genius: 'Byte into an Apple....$666.66.'
Further, this check is connected to the graphics and printing revolution that was about to begin: within a decade, the introduction of Apple's Macintosh computer, along with its LaserWriter companion, rendered some local printing and copy shops obsolete. Aspiring tech entrepreneurs following in Jobs' footsteps would be able to easily produce marketing collateral from their living rooms (or their garages), rather than relying on companies like Graphics West. A fantastic, boldly signed Steve Jobs check, intimately connected with the rise of the Apple Computer Company.
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