Line printer art: (was Re: tape baking)

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Thu Jul 6 15:43:03 CDT 2017

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:59 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> It worked--I retrieved a tape of line printer art from Princeton quite
>> successfully.

I reviewed the ASCII copy.  Several of the files, including JOHNDEAN
and MOON (I did not check 100% of them) are also in David Gessewein's
copy of line printer art from Princeton at:

For MOON, as an example, once I trimmed the first 2 lines and the
trailing "form feed" line (a lone '1' in the first column), and
converted it to UNIX line terminators, was a 100% match.  The file
names are slightly different, but the picture body and even the
comments are the same.

> I'm about to read a card deck for an old work
> associate who is reasonably sure it has some ASCII art on it (it's
> unlikely to be a "lost" picture, but there's always a chance).

Thus my comment... it would be surprising to find a lost work at this
point, so it's worth looking, just in case.

I need to fire up my LA180 again - it will do the overstrike pictures.
I used it 30 years ago to print the high-detail photo of the cat that
was popular then.  Took a long, long time to print.



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