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These Amazing Photographs Prove That Silicon Valley Was More Beautiful Than It Looks Like Now

Updated on 1 October, 2014 at 1:09 pm By

Development needs some sacrifice and Silicon Valley was not an exception. There was a time when the area in California was known simply as Santa Clara Valley, but with time the nickname of Silicon Valley overshadowed the original name. Where now stands a city of tall buildings commanding the heights of technology stood farmlands producing everything from grains to fruits. Computer chips have beaten potato chips.

Santa Clara Valley, 1914


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santa clara valley

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Silicon Valley canneries, 1939

Silicon Valley canneries

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Silicon Valley canneries2


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Silicon Valley canneries2

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Hayes Mansion, 1950s

Hayes Mansion, 1950s

Source: Hayesmansion.com

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

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The first American-built arc transmitter, 1909

The first American-built arc transmitter, 1909

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Wireless telephone station, 1909

Wireless telephone station, 1909

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The growth of Santa Clara Valley

The growth of Santa Clara Valley



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Santa Clara Valley, 1940

Santa Clara Valley, 1940

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Stanford University, early 1940s

Stanford University, early 1940s

Source: Historysanjose.org

Inventing of the world’s first amplifying semiconductor, 1947

Inventing of the world's first amplifying semiconductor, 1947

Source: Pbs.org

IBM, 1943

IBM, 1943

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San Jose, 1950s

San Jose, 1950s

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Silicon Valley engineers, 1965

Silicon Valley engineers, 1965

Source: Historysanjose.org

Hewlett-Packard’s facility, 1983

Hewlett-Packard's facility, 1983

Source: Historysanjose.org

San Jose developing in the 1970s and 80s

San Jose developing in the 1970s and 80s

Source: Historysanjose.org


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