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Eidetical

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The first laser "pointer" was the Spectra-Physics model 130 from around 1964. Here's a pic of one being used that way by Art Schawlow, who later said he regretted being in that photo. A pic showing inside the head and a replacement tube is also below, a page from the brochure, and a pic showing an original plasma tube being repaired (for show). This was the first laser that was DC excited, the first with an integrated head and power supply, and it featured a power switch on its side.
SP130&Schawlow&Bell_1_1.jpgSP-130B Open.jpgSP130Brochure.jpgSP-130 tube repair.jpg
 



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Something about seeing old lasers makes me feel like we made the discovery of the laser ahead of our time. Almost 'alien' tech conveniently from the space age.
 

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In the '60s and '70s, people used cylindrical head He-Ne lab lasers for pointers. The first such laser was the Perkin-Elmer model 5200, introduced around 1962. He-Ne laser power supplies got much smaller in the following couple of years. By the mid-'70s, Bergen Expo Systems offered their model LP-6 that featured a mechanical shutter with its lever on the side of the head. This was the first laser pointer with a "momentary on" switch.

5.00PE-5200 System.jpgBergen System 79.jpgBergen Ad.jpeg
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Imagine if that host was fitted out with modern components (diodes and li-ions) now. You could get a lot of optical power out of it.
 

Eidetical

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Another neat old laser pointer is this Toko model TLP-200 from 1996 with a 635nm diode. It has a scanner inside that gives a circle or a line, with an amplitude control to adjust the size of either.

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Not mine, but my dad had a diode laser pointer he bought from Radio Shack in 1994. There's an outside chance that it's still somewhere in the "junk drawer" at my mom's house, but I highly doubt it's still in operable condition in any case.

I never thought of that thing as "vintage" though.
 

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"Vintage" just means old, with hints of significance, representation, and fond memories. Maybe another 40 years before lasers get to antique status, like this classroom pointer from the 1890s (the one with the tape on it).

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