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Inside the garage where Silicon Valley started

In 1938 William Hewlett and David Packard built an audio oscillator that would be the foundation for the world's first high-tech region

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This is the unassuming garage where William Hewlett and David Packard built an audio oscillator that would be the foundation for HP and ultimately the world's first high-tech region.

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Come take a peek inside Hewlett and Packard's garage.

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Inside the garage, the workspace has been restored and set up as it might have looked in 1938, when the two men worked here for 18 months across 1938 and 1939, founding the company that bore their names.

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The workbench decorated with tools which might have been used at the time, alongside a photo of Hewlett and Packard at work in the garage in 1938.

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A view from inside the shed, looking down the driveway towards Addison Street in Palo Alto.

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Although tourists stop by to gaze down the gated driveway at the garage, the site is off limits to the public.

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One of the original nails from the garage, which HP has saved to be used as gifts to employees and VIPs.

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The small, simple studio cottage where Hewlett lived alongside the garage.

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Another look at where Hewlett lived. Packard and his wife lived in the main house.

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The 8-by-18-foot shed was a spartan living space, with just a cot, a sink, a desk and a few nails on which to hang clothes.

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A view of the garage at the end of the driveway at 369 Addison Street in Palo Alto.

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A photograph of the garage from back in the day.

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The inside of the house has also been restored and decorated as if it were 1938.

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