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Two Stanford University graduates, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, founded Hewlett-Packard Company in 1939 in this Palo Alto, California, garage. The structure is a California State Historical Landmark.

Two Stanford University graduates, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, founded Hewlett-Packard Company in 1939 in this Palo Alto, California, garage. The structure is a California State Historical Landmark.

In a Palo Alto, California, garage in 1938, David (Dave) Packard (left) and William (Bill) R. Hewlett developed an innovative audio oscillator used to test high-quality audio frequencies. HP's oscillator improved on existing oscillators in size, price and performance.

In a Palo Alto, California, garage in 1938, David (Dave) Packard (left) and William (Bill) R. Hewlett developed an innovative audio oscillator used to test high-quality audio frequencies. HP's oscillator improved on existing oscillators in size, price and performance.

David (Dave) Packard (right) and William (Bill) R. Hewlett are pictured here in the Redwood Building in 1944 when Bill was home on leave from the service (WWII).

David (Dave) Packard (right) and William (Bill) R. Hewlett are pictured here in the Redwood Building in 1944 when Bill was home on leave from the service (WWII).

The partners had a reunion in 1945 when Major William (Bill) R. Hewlett (right) dropped by the Palo Alto, California plant to hear how things were going. David (Dave) Packard (left) ran their then-small business during the three years that Hewlett was conducting research for the Signal Corps during World War II.

The partners had a reunion in 1945 when Major William (Bill) R. Hewlett (right) dropped by the Palo Alto, California plant to hear how things were going. David (Dave) Packard (left) ran their then-small business during the three years that Hewlett was conducting research for the Signal Corps during World War II.

Dave Packard (left) and Bill Hewlett participated in the ceremonies on May 19, 1989, when the garage they began their company in at 367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto, California, had a commemorative plaque placed on the site making it a California state historical landmark.

Dave Packard (left) and Bill Hewlett participated in the ceremonies on May 19, 1989, when the garage they began their company in at 367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto, California, had a commemorative plaque placed on the site making it a California state historical landmark.

Hewlett-Packard Company's first product, an audio oscillator, was used by Walt Disney Studios to test sound equipment for the movie 'Fantasia.' (1938)

Hewlett-Packard Company's first product, an audio oscillator, was used by Walt Disney Studios to test sound equipment for the movie "Fantasia." (1938)

Hewlett-Packard Company co-founder, David (Dave) Packard calibrates HP's first major product, an audio oscillator, designed for testing sound equipment. (1940)

Hewlett-Packard Company co-founder, David (Dave) Packard calibrates HP's first major product, an audio oscillator, designed for testing sound equipment. (1940)

Hewlett-Packard Company co-founder, William (Bill) R. Hewlett, tests one of the company's early products, an audio signal generator. (1940)

Hewlett-Packard Company co-founder, William (Bill) R. Hewlett, tests one of the company's early products, an audio signal generator. (1940)

Hewlett-Packard Company founders Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett with their Stanford University engineering school mentor Fred Terman in 1952 when Dave and Bill donated a new wing to Stanford's Electronics Research Laboratory. (1952)

Hewlett-Packard Company founders Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett with their Stanford University engineering school mentor Fred Terman in 1952 when Dave and Bill donated a new wing to Stanford's Electronics Research Laboratory. (1952)

HP common stock was first listed on the 'big board' on March 17,1961. Here Chairman of the Board, David (Dave) Packard (left) and New York Stock Exchange President G. Keith Funston (center) talk with Mortimer Marcus, specialist in the stock. (1961)

HP common stock was first listed on the "big board" on March 17,1961. Here Chairman of the Board, David (Dave) Packard (left) and New York Stock Exchange President G. Keith Funston (center) talk with Mortimer Marcus, specialist in the stock. (1961)

In the early years, as one of Hewlett-Packard Company's principal engineers, David (Dave) Packard tests an HP 205A in their lab on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto, California. (1940)

In the early years, as one of Hewlett-Packard Company's principal engineers, David (Dave) Packard tests an HP 205A in their lab on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto, California. (1940)

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