Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Gorilla Banana

Those were the days... Believe it or not (and some of my students probably didn't when I told them recently), there actually was a dot matrix computer printer called the Gorilla Banana back in the 80s. I never owned one myself but found it in a list of available printer drivers in a Commodore 64 program. Back then I thought it was a joke, but now I've found out it wasn't. Have a look yourselves (Click to enlarge).

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was also advertised in 1983 in "SYNC", a magazine for Sinclair/Timex computers.
The good days ...

Anonymous said...

Had one, good rough duty printer. It's only failing was the cast iron frame, Sucker weighed a ton if you hooked it to a Kaypro 4 and had to go mobile.

Anonymous said...

Still have mine down in the dungeon. It's a weird old beast, having only a single "uni-hammer" for pounding out the dots against a ridged revolving bar behind the paper.

As one of the previous commenters said: "The good old days..."

Anonymous said...

Had a Gorilla Banana around 1984 hooked up to an Apple2+ with 128K of memory and a color(!) monitor. The Banana could not print descenders so g j p q y were all raised up to line up with the bottom of the other characters. It was so hard to read that a college professor threatened to fail me if I ever submitted another paper printed with the printer!

Andrew said...

"Sucker weighed a ton if you hooked it to a Kaypro 4 and had to go mobile."

I'm sure the extra 10 pounds to the already 30+ pounds of the Kaypro made the difference.

Yup - portable computing, like a boat anchor.

Anonymous said...

I bought one for my VIC-20 in the mid 80's, was cheap and did the job, but let me tell you, it was LOUD when you had the protective cover open. Sounded like a circular saw..

Lakeville Unity Garden said...

I have one in excellent shape. Interested? One owner, ME. No box but I kept it in great shape. No good ribbons of course.