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Coherent commemorative T-shirts
What Silicon Valley institution would be complete without a collection of commemorative T-shirts? Coherent turned 40 this year. Though the company is older than most Silicon Valley tech businesses, the industry was already starting to grow. Hewlett-Packard and Shockley Semiconductor were already global figures.
Trade magazine ads from the '60s
Ah, the '60s. The golden age of trade magazine advertising. The gentleman with the cigar, Wayne Melferd, still works at Coherent. He designs lasers but has since given up cigars.
Clothing manufacturer uses lasers
A clothing manufacturer uses lasers from Coherent to cut fabric, burn holes into shirts or bleach a pattern into the fabric. The bleaching is accomplished by turning the power down. In Asia, kiosks now let consumers bleach a digital photograph onto their pants.