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The original brown box (this is how most BBC micro's were packaged). This was donated by H.Oberman. He ordered the BBC directly from Acorn; the stamps with the postdate (21 JUNE 1983) are still on the box :)
Regarding the missing leaflets: The leaflets were not provided with all machines though, in an early case of a machine bought end 1982 a catalogue and some other materials were sent by COMPAC (dutch importer/distributor). My own BBC which I bought 31-12-1983 came with an envelope with the 'Autumn 1983' catalogue from Acornsoft, something about Beebug, and a few leaflets for Acorn's hardware like 'speech system', 'disk system' (I lost the envelope/leaflets as I've mentioned elsewhere).
The BBC micro was sold in germany for a while apparently with a translated manual (I've never seen one btw.) and it seems some had a special german OS 1.20 (I've also never seen that). Here's the box of one that was sold in the Netherlands, ca. early 1985 (donated by Alfons Franken):
This one was sold in NL as I said, and it has a standard OS 1.20 and it came with the standard english handbook/welcome guide so if a german manual and intro software were originally included, then they were replaced with the english ones for sale in the Netherlands (this computer was made late 1983 so it was unsold in germany for a year before being sold here in NL).
Alfons found the manual again, and it's a relatively early one (no addenda from mid/late 1984), so either Acorn had stocks of the old ones or perhaps the german machines were being shipped to NL before mid 1984.
Another colourful box exists, which I estimate was used from late 1984 on. I've got hold of a machine in such a box, images to follow. This machine did not come with leaflets according to the owner, but the box was open so may have been taken out.
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