The history of HP is about more than tracing the evolution of the company that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded, 80 years ago, in their iconic garage in Palo Alto, California. Though not much more than a backyard shed, the Addison Avenue site is a Silicon Valley landmark that remains a symbol of the entrepreneurial dream that not only inspired this website, but is fundamental to the company’s ethos and culture.
HP’s history is rich, and so are its archives. From groundbreaking products that launched entirely new industries, like the inkjet printer, to personal correspondence between founders Bill and Dave and early records of some of the first corporate sustainability initiatives, HP’s long legacy of innovation is something to be celebrated.
In addition to thousands of photos and videos, HP’s archives, which last year were consolidated in Atlanta, house technical and architectural documents, product brochures and company publications, such as Measure Magazine, “the voice of HP employees and associations,” and the Hewlett Packard Journal, which covered industry trends and HP innovations from 1949 to 1998, including a “Special Sputnik Supplement” in 1957.
The editors at the Garage wanted to highlight the iconic images below to add to the many company-wide celebrations marking the milestone of HP’s eightieth year in 2019. We hope you enjoy this short jaunt through HP’s history.