2022 Line-Printer Snoopy Calendar #Art #VintageComputing @aleatorpress @ef1j95

In his legendary satirical piece “Real Programmers Don’t Use PASCAL,” published in the July 1983 issue of Datamation, Ed Post proclaims that “the typical Real Programmer lives in front of a computer terminal,” where “taped to the wall is a line-printer Snoopy calendar for the year 1969.” Not incidentally, the Peanuts characters are strongly associated with early text art on computers, a form whose urtext is arguably the Snoopy calendar.

Aleator Press offered a limited edition of ten calendars for 2022 created by Eric Furst, a Philadelphia-based practitioner in creative computing and conservation whose work deeply engages with vintage hardware and software.:

Line-printer text art on two panels of fanfold tractor-feed computer paper. Printed on a vintage Qume Sprint 11/55, with Courier 10 typewheel, on period green-bar paper (new old stock, Universal UNV15852 Computer Paper, 20lb). The content is printed on the reverse only, leaving the green-bar side blank. 38 x 56cm. Creator not attributed. An edition of ten copies, dated and numbered in pencil. As new, distributed on behalf of the creator.

Alas, the limited edition is sold out, but you can read more here.

 


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