Swappers did not just stick floppy disks into envelopes – they also had to put up with a lot of paperwork. Before the era of online communciation, building up trust and keeping social networks intact meant writing paper letters to your contacts. For sceners who communicated a lot through postal channels, it was an obvious choice to print own stationeries / letterheads for higher recognition value and a professional appearance. The task of writing letters, however, could become a time management problem for “mega swappers“, who sent out dozens of envelopes every day. Thus they printed standard blanks where they just needed to tick boxes. The options available on these fill-out forms, ranging from dead serious to rather humorous, served to evaluate the contacts’ previous sendings’ quality, to communicate requests for further software exchanges, and to get messages across. For today’s update, Goat, Lance, Se7en, and Thorion provided us with samples of such swapper stationeries and blanks, which were common in the late 1980s and early 1990s all over the global scene – from Denmark to Australia, from Germany to Hungary.
• Danish Science letter blank, 1989 [metadata]
• Faces stationery, 1991 [metadata]
• Level 99 (TLI) stationery, 1989 [metadata]
• Rock’n Role stationery, 1991 [metadata]
• Stardom letter blank, 1989 [metadata]
• Syllinor/Chromance stationery, 1991 [metadata]
• The Force letter blank, 1989 [metadata]
• Thorion/Targets letter blank, early 1990s [metadata]
NB: If the images in the gallery below appear too small to figure out the details, you can always download high-quality scans at the “metadata” links above!
The first year of Got Papers? is coming to an end, and it’s time to thank all contributors to this project. A staggering 431 items have been scanned, categorised, and uploaded since the launch in April, and about three times the amount of artifacts is still waiting to be processed – which will hopefully happen quicker than before, not only due to our volunteers, but also thanks to Gargaj/Conspiracy, who just developed a metadata processing tool for us as an early Christmas present. The credit for the overwhelming amount of materials must go to 49 contributors from all over Europe – sceners who have searched in their basements, wardrobes, and attics for long-forgotten materials and made an effort to share them with us. Thank you!
2016 will be an exciting year for the project – most importantly because we have just received an absolutely stunning donation. Skylab & General Zoff, two C64 pirate veterans from the 1980s, mostly known for their group The Movers, gave us their complete archive for scanning – over 500 pages of intro sketches, stickers, sourcecode snippets, software lists, scrolltext drafts, paper magazines, and, most importantly, hundreds of private letters from sceners all over the world, received by these two teenagers between 1986 and 1989. To provide a sneak preview into these materials, we give you today a Christmas card [metadata] sent over 25 years ago to Zoff & Skylab by another 1980s cracking and swapping duo – Pete & Jamie a.k.a. Thor & Zeus of the legendary British C64 group Teesside Cracking Service. So, we only need to repeat what they wrote back then: “Have a great time at christmas & new year guyz!” (and “girlz”, we may add). See you in 2016!
Today’s update features paper materials from late-1990s/early-2000s demoparties from Fzool‘s collection, including a rare tUM’99 votesheet drawn by C64 paper graphics legend Zapotek, and an Evoke 2000 flyer by Noize of Kolor.
• 0a000h 2003 visitors brochure [metadata]
• Ambience 2000 poster [metadata]
• Buenzli 2003 flyer [metadata]
• Computer’s Hell 2000 invitation [metadata]
• Evoke 1999 flyer [metadata]
• Evoke 1999 poster [metadata]
• Evoke 2000 flyer [metadata]
• Mekka^Symposium 1998 visitor survey [metadata]
• Mekka^Symposium 1998 votesheet [metadata]
• tUM 1999 flyer [metadata]
• tUM 1999 votesheet [metadata]
• tUM 1999 votesheet (master copy) [metadata]
The scans have been processed by Irokos.
When I visited C64 scener Goat/Laxity to pick up his C64 disk covers collection for scanning, there was one pile that he didn’t want to pass on at first. “Why one would want to preserve such primitive disk covers?”, he objected. Still, I took the covers with me, and here they are. While there had been some amazingly skillful disk covers in the previous updates, the ones presented today are admittedly not on par with them. Nevertheless, they are important to get a picture of the C64 scene beyond its “elite”. For every top swapper with loads of contacts and “0-day stuff”, there were hundreds of kids swapping with a few contacts only, dabbling in PD software and old cracks, and yet seeing themselves as part of the same scene community as the “elite”. Obviously, they wanted to have their own disk covers, like the “big ones”. Sometimes, these covers are the only product they left behind. Their somewhat clumsy designs do not need to be judged on terms of “lack of skills” – these covers can be seen as examples of naïve art, compensating the lack of adherence to any aesthetic rules with a lively will for self-expression. In fact, some of these coves look surprisingly up-to-date, and could just as well be a product of post-modern hipster aesthetics.
• Accept disk cover by Greenhorn, 1993 [metadata]
• Two Acme disk covers by Hanni, 1995 [metadata1] [metadata2]
• Creatures disk cover by Franco, 1992 [metadata]
• Crossdome disk cover by Madrom, 1995 [metadata]
• Digital Art disk cover by Xonix, 1994 [metadata]
• Dinomania disk cover by Greenhorn, 1993 [metadata]
• Disk cover by JJ, 1996 [metadata]
• Error 2000 disk cover by S.U.C.K., 1996 [metadata]
• Logiker disk cover by Logiker, 1993 [metadata]
• Nasti Boy disk cover by Nasti Boy, 1994 [metadata]
• Plutonium disk cover by Greenhorn, 1993 [metadata]
• Reiners Public Domain disk cover, 1994 [metadata]
• Secret Lab Productions disk cover by Cosmo, 1990s [metadata]
• Tiger-Crew disk cover by Greenhorn, 1990s [metadata]
• Tiger-Crew disk cover by Greenhorn & Logiker, 1993 [metadata]
• Tiger-Crew disk cover by Little John, 1990s [metadata]
• Tiger-Disk #29 disk cover, 1996 [metadata]
• World D-Sign disk cover by Fan-TC, 1994 [metadata]