28 Jun '16, 5pm

Retrotechtacular: ASCII Art in the 19th Century

I’d like to offer a correction: There were VERY FEW actual Baudot/Murray Teletype machines that had a ‘backspace’ capability. This often required several ‘Mod Kits” added to existing machines to provide this function. The ‘multiple strike’ effects seen in the Nixon image were accomplished by sending a Carriage Return and NOT a Line Feed, so that the ‘artist’ could space over to the appropriate area and ‘type over’ earlier characters to provide various contrasts and effects with different characters on top of one another. I own one of the Teletype Model 28 Printers that has some of the various ‘Mod Kits’ installed. One thing that it can do is to type, RIGHT to LEFT and the first time one sees this, it is most mind boggling, after years of seeing Model 28 machines typing left to right, then making a Carriage Return and Line Feed, etc. to start a new line of text. These machi...

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