This is the first of many additions from Fzool‘s collection. Active in the C64 scene in the 1990s, he provided us with over 100 disk covers, votesheets, flyers and many other fascinating artifacts from a period when the lion’s share of cracking activities took place on the PC and the Amiga, while the C64 remained to be a crucial demoscene platform. The first instalment consists of votesheets for C64 diskmags.
After providing us with News #7/1988, Se7en came up with one more issue of this classical German C64 cracker magazine. Issue 3/1989 (May/June) encompasses 36 pages full of news, interviews, copyparty reports and random nonsense. Amongst other things, it features a German translation of the legendary “Crackin’ Comic” by Hobbit/Fairlight.
Download the issue >>> here <<<, or have a look at the details and credits at Demozoo.
Who does not know the accessory of every music festival freak, worn with pride throughout the year? Festival wristbands! Since at least ten years, after ordering small quantities of industrially produced, customised wristbands became affordable, the demoscene used the same methods to control whether a visitor has paid his or her entrance fee at a demoparty. Moqui scanned his small collection of demoparty wristbands from the recent years for us. Made out of plastic or fabric (so the latter can actually be worn throughout the year), they are part of a demoparty’s corporate identity, cramming fancy design onto a tiny piece of material.
While you can quickly browse the images at the bottom of this post, here are the links to the original scans & metadata:
This time, we have something really special – not flyers, magazines and other replicated materials, but private letters from scener to scener, exchanged while swapping disks. This is something very familiar to those readers who were part of the scene in the 1980s, but something that members of younger generations hardly ever got to see. Here, however, the platform and location of the authors is rather unusual: The letters are written by Ukrainian ZX Spectrum sceners in the 1990s. While the Internet was a luxury in the post-Soviet countries, mailswapping was the usual way of interregional software exchange – and, obviously, it was not just enough to pack a disk into an envelope. Spectrum users exchanged personal letters, photographs, funny collages… This is where news and gossip was spread, long-distance friendships were forged, and new demo productions took shape. The small stack of letters presented here today was originally posted by VBI on his blog, and he was so kind as to provide us with higher resolution scans for permanent archiving. Thanks to him, we now have a unique insight into an early post-Soviet home computer culture.
As a new feature, we now have a built-in gallery at the bottom of the post, so you can browse the pictures quickly. There, you can also see the detailed metadata for the scans – they include summaries of the letters (which are, of course, written in Russian with bits of Ukrainian in between). To download the hi-res scans, however, click on the single links below pointing to our archiving space at scene.org.
• Rob F. to VBI, early 1999 [link]
• Consul to VBI, 19 September 1997 [link]
• Epson to VBI, 29 September 1997 [link]
• Injector to VBI, 25 August 1997 [link]
• Viator to VBI, 28 November 1996 [link]
• Viator to VBI, 19 December 1997 [link]