ASCII Artwork: The RTTY Collection

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This is a collection of ASCII Art files from a site called rtty.com, run by George Hutchison (W7KSJ) and William Bytheway (AA6ED). This site is dedicated to a machine called a “Radio Teletype”, and the amateur operatiors of these machines. Besides the technical aspects and the lore, there are these picture files, most of them from the 1970’s, that represent ASCII art predating the BBS.

From the pages these were taken from: “The Teletype Artwork on these pages is the product of many different authors and artists over the years. Recent efforts on the part of Bob Roehrig, John Foust, Tom Jennings, and John Sheetz have sparked new interest in this art form…. We have found the easiest way to print the pictures is to save the files to disk, and using the editor in DOS, call each one into the edit mode and then print it. The DOS editor is also fairly straightforward in enabling corrections and modifications."

There are two different types of files here: PIX and POX. The .PIX files are easier to decode: they are one line of text for every line printed. The .POX files use what are called “overstrike” characters: some of the lines are meant to be printed over several times (by not putting in a carriage return) so that the characters will be much darker than would normally be seen in this situation. Work has been done at rtty.com to have Java viewers of the final files.

Filename Size Description of the Textfile
adam$eve.pix 5376 Picture of Adam and Eve (Actually Just Eve)
andycap.pix 5248 Image of Andy Capp by Don (W8DIS)
batman.pix 3840 Picture of Batman's Face
bbardot.pix 4992 Image of Brigitte Bardot by Anthony Mawby and Robert Connell
bcarter.pox 7168 Image of Billy Carter by Kent (W9LZQ)
bigben.pox 10112 Image of Big Ben
castle.pix 6528 My Home is My Castle, by Klaus (DF7FB) (1980)
caveman.pix 5888 Image of Caveman on Unicycle
chamglas.pix 4352 Image of Woman in Champagne Glass, by K6EQV
cookie.pix 4864 Image of Cookie from Beetle Bailey by John (WB4GlJ)
cougar.pix 3072 Image of Cougar from an Original Charcoal by Dennis Droz (K7OOW)
cowboy.pix 5632 Image of Cowboy: "Sudden Settlement" by Bill Skipper (K0ARG)
crane.pox 15744 Image of Japanese Craine by N. Tsuruno
cy.pix 2711 Image of Cy, the Iowa State University Mascot, by Doug (Wn0nRK)
cylonrdr.pix 3328 Image of a Cylon Raider by Dick (K7WYNC)
dog.pox 5888 Image of Greta, my German Shepherd, by Winky (AD4M)
dtchme.pix 10880 Noli M Tangere (Don't Touch Me), by DL6US (1975)
edison.pix 4736 Image of Thomas A Edison by Bill (W2LTJ)
entrpriz.pix 13573 Image of the Star Trek Enterprise "Space - The Final Frontier)
f4e.pix 4480 Image of a F4E Phantom U.S. Airforce Attack Fighter by Neil (K9WRL)
facegirl.pix 3584 Image of a Girl's Face, b W0CQN (October, 1978)
fang.pix 5248 Image of Siamese Pussy Cat by Don (WA6PIR)
fccgirl.pix 6016 The FCC Takes the Fun Out of Everything
ffstone.pix 7168 Image of Fred Flinstone
frnchnd.pix 4608 Image of French Nude, by F6DEG
fshnfrg.pix 6656 Image of Fishin' Frog by Bill (WD5HRB)
garroway.pix 3840 Image of Dave Garroway by Larsson of Teletype Corporation
genhtrk.pix 4736 Image of General Halftrack from Beetle Bailey by Tom (WB3FJY)
george.pix 5248 Image of George Washington by WA6PIR
getinout.pox 14592 Image of "Getting Out" Recreational Vehicle, by Al (WA7LQP) (November 23, 1974)
girl.pix 6784 Image of Topless Girl with Bikini Shorts
girlface.pix 2304 Image of Girl's Face
There are 32 files for a total of 199,196 bytes.