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August 7th, 2013, 11:18 AM
Old man+old hardware+old software = delightful. (http://www.electronicproducts.com/Computer_Peripherals/Display_Graphics/Image_of_the_Day_Partially_blind_98-year-old_man_creates_digital_artwork_on_Windows_95.aspx )

August 7th, 2013, 12:55 PM
Great Article.


August 7th, 2013, 01:39 PM
very cool :-) Thanks for the post. Not really the same (and it's impressive of course for his age, disability, and the fun that he's enjoying vintage hardware) but have you seen type writer paintings? Hm. I was going to google some that I thought were impressive but now I'm less impressed. Wonder if the type writer art I saw on TV was real or created with a program? (http://loriemerson.net/2013/01/18/d-i-y-typewriter-art/)

August 7th, 2013, 02:09 PM
Well, back in the (probably 50s) 60s and 70s, we'd do this stuff on a line printer. Although there was plenty of punched-card art that you could print just by getting an 80-80 listing on an IBM 407, a program (usually FORTRAN) that could manage the carriage control codes made very nice looking stuff indeed (e.g. + in column 1 means suppress spacing, overprinting of lines, etc.).

But the genre is much older; older, I suspect, than digital computers. Here's a 1948 article on DIY typewriter art (https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/note/940bc7e0-77a2-4fa9-81b4-8a6f30657f03/jhawklyn/History#st=p&n=940bc7e0-77a2-4fa9-81b4-8a6f30657f03).

Bitsavers may have some of this kind of stuff--I haven't checked.