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#1 Zarxx OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:58 PM

Found this, so scanned it. Enjoy!





#2 Lord Innit OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:21 PM

Oh, boy! I used to go in that shop on every visit to London. Tottenham Court Road had loads of shops selling tech with Silica Shop being the one I bought most stuff from.

#3 x=usr(1536) OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:18 PM

I seem to remember buying a US Doubler for my 1050 from them, and possibly an RTC cartridge for my ST later on.  Always had an ad in either Atari User or Page 6, from what I recall.


Never got to visit their shop any time I was in the UK, though.  Would love to see some photos of it if anyone has them floating around, though I imagine it mostly looks like a late-1980s computer store on the inside ;)

#4 Mulletino OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:25 PM

I used to love going into the SIlica Shop inside Keddies at Southend.

#5 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:06 AM

Sorry folks, the best Silica Shop was its original shop in Sidcup Kent, for an Atarian it was a piece of heaven..


And for trivia, Silica has more ties to Atari, Noel Daniel who was one of the programmers of Sidewinder and the sole programmer of Thunderfox worked in the Tottenham Court road branch, really nice guy and a good friend back then. Also in the same shop was Eroll Elliston who co-wrote Foundations Waste on the ST. But on the dubious side was a guy nicknamed Splatt (I could be mixing the name up with another BBS guy) who ran a pirate BBS selling access to Amiga software.


Yep, all true...


Sadly Silica in Tottenham Court Road went bust and pulled the firm down because some staff later on were selling stock out the back door to order when it was already struggling with the huge number of other computer sellers in the same road.

#6 jefffulton OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:47 PM

Have you thought of donating the PDF to AtariMania.com? This is awesome!

#7 ndary OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:41 AM

i loved that catalog, still have it..

i used to mail order games from it back in the 90es

#8 Zarxx OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:42 AM

Found some more.



Attached File  Silica Shop.pdf   8.11MB   37 downloads



Attached File  Silica Shop - Atari XL-XE Computer Newsletter 01-01-1986.pdf   13.46MB   26 downloads



Attached File  Silica Shop - Atari Computers - 01-01-1986.pdf   30.43MB   29 downloads



Attached File  Silica Shop - XL-XE & 400-800 Home Computer Price List - 01-01-1986.pdf   23.25MB   27 downloads



Attached File  Silica Shop - Atari Software Catalogue - 01-01-1986.pdf   26.57MB   23 downloads



Attached File  Silica Shop - Special Offers on Books & Software.pdf   2.81MB   27 downloads

#9 256 colors OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:30 AM

Silica shop in Sidcup is where i got my 1050 drive from then a month later some bastard broke into our house and stole my Atari gear

#10 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:39 AM

Not the way I'd want to remember the shop but sorry to hear...


Many of us have our sad memories of losing our Atari gear, mine went when stored in my mothers house when she died, others have suffered break in's like Matt on here when people stole his stuff from storage..


Some heartless gits out there that care nothing about other people, be it stealing, trashing the place or just destroying memories for fun or gain....


At least we can get back the material stuff....



#11 oracle_jedi OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:46 AM

Did anyone here ever take that "100 Free Programs with any Atari 400 or Atari 800" promotion that Silica Shop used to promote every month back in 82/83?


Often wondered what those 100 free programs were.  Probably type-in listings on a cassette tape.


Here is what I am talking about:



#12 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:53 AM

Yes and yes....


User club stuff, nothing 'amazing' but it was free, aimed at the brand new users to give them something to play with after that big splurge of cash....The hardware was already top dollar let alone getting a few games :)


More of a "Shut up (insert name), we got you something to play with as well didn't we!"

Edited by Mclaneinc, Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:57 AM.

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