A sterile microchip clean room is just about the last place you'd expect to find juicy cultural remnants. That's why Intel's photo archive is all the more interesting.
During the '60s mini skirt craze, ladies often shortened their lab coats to mini-skirt lengths. ©Intel Corporation 1969. All Rights Reserved.
The Intel Museum Archives delivers some surprising and joyous visual arcana: diagrams of circuit boards, huge computers and audacious fashion. We've posted a few of our favorite photos below.
The embroided fusion of flowery cheer and anti-nuke politics of this late '60s lab smock is particularly fetching. The look should be resurrected and made standard issue for lunch ladies, dental hygienists and lab technicians.
'Embroidered Lab Smock' (1968). This light blue lab smock with peace sign on left side is surrounded at top by flowers. Intel Museum Archives. © Intel Corporation 1969. All Rights Reserved.
'Air Shower' (1993). Color photograph of an air shower. The final step prior to entering the wafer fabrication work area is a 360-degree turn in the air shower. The air shower removes any particles that may have been picked up while the employee put on the bunny suit over their street clothes. Intel Museum Archives. Copyright © Intel Corporation 1993. All Rights Reserved.
In this case, the bunny suit has nothing to do with Hugh Hefner. Also known as the clean room suit, the bunny suit is worn by semiconductor and nanotechnology line production workers.
The suit is also a fail-safe for Halloween revelers on low budgets, the go-to for pre-apocalyptic B-movie directors and (we think) partial inspiration for the Beastie Boys' intergalactic work crew.
'4-Inch Wafer Positive Acid Spin' (1976) Black-and-white photograph of an operator in an early bunny suit. Four-inch wafer being prepared for positive acid spin. Four-inch wafers were introduced at Intel in 1976. Intel Museum Archives. © Intel Corporation 1976. All Rights Reserved.
Thanks to i heart photograph for the tip.