Our project welcomes a new permanent collaborator – hedning, who is well-known in the C64 scene for his relentless preservation efforts, saving the contents of old floppy disks from oblivion. As a first batch, he presents us with a number of group stickers found on said disks, as well as a rare scan of a scener-owned Commodore REU. The RAM expansion unit provided the C64 with additional memory and was thus a helpful gadget for swappers for copying disks.
• Active sticker, 1990s (1) [metadata]
• Active sticker, 1990s (2) [metadata]
• Byterapers sticker, unknown (1) [metadata]
• Byterapers sticker, unknown (2) [metadata]
• F4CG sticker, 1990s (1) [metadata]
• F4CG sticker, 1990s (2) [metadata]
• Genesis Project sticker, 1990s [metadata]
• Hitmen sticker, 1996 [metadata]
• Nostalgia sticker, 1990s [metadata]
• Commodore REU owned by Walker/G*P [metadata]
Thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous veteran, we are happy to present you the oldest scene materials that have been displayed on “Got Papers?” up to now. They stem from a time when the Amiga home computer was new and exciting, when the boundaries between “legal” and “illegal” were virtually non-existing, when it was perfectly okay to sell cracked games and still be a respected scene member, and when some of the nowadays legendary cracking groups were still in their infancy. These artifacts are so ephemeral that it’s only by chance that they survived until now. These ten stickers and paper cuttings are just one portion of the materials donated. Watch this space for more.
• 1001 and the Cracking Crew sticker, between 1985 and 1988 [metadata]
• “Commodore Amiga – Computer des Jahres 1986” sticker, 1986 [metadata]
• Antitrax 2010 sticker, around 1987-1988 [metadata]
• Bamiga Sector One sticker, around 1987-1988 [metadata]
• “Die ganz persönliche Zulassung” – sticker by the Chaos Computer Club, 1980s [metadata]
• Fairlight sticker, 1987 [metadata]
• Future Projects 20550 flyer, between 1985 and 1988 [metadata]
• Mc. Crack sticker, between 1986 and 1987 [metadata]
• Radwar Enterprises 1941 sticker, between 1985 and 1990 [metadata]
• Police cartoon of unknown origin, 1980s [metadata]
The sheer amount of C64 disk covers presented here might give one the impression that only the C64 scene made an effort to decorate their data carriers. This would be a wrong impression, of course. The Amiga scene mailswapped floppy disks just the same, and made sure the recipients of the fresh wares were aware where the disks came from. However, since 3,5″ floppy disks were not floppy at all, and, most importantly, featured a shutter, Amiga users did not have to stick them into custom-made paper envelopes anymore. Instead, swappers (that is, the people whose job was to distribute the fresh releases by post as quickly as possible) decorated their disks with stickers, rubber stamps, and signatures. And since the 3,5″ disks were much more robust than their 5,25″ predecessors on the C64, they had a longer life span and could be circulated for a long time – accumulating countless stickers and scribblings until there was no space left on the casing.
While digitising some Amiga disks from Ziphoid‘s collection, Menace stumbled upon two interesting (and comparably pristine) disks he would like to share with us. First of all, there is a virgin disk with a custom-tailored sticker label from the legendary C64 and Amiga group Dual Crew, done by their Swedish swapper Snuskis in 1992 and sporting the group’s motto: [link] The other disk has been in circulation for a bit longer, carrying a rubber stamp from the none less legendary group Fairlight, and a sticker from another Swedish swapper and BBS operator Zike!: [link]
You can expect more materials from Menace’s excavations.
Edit: The blogpost originally stated that Snuskis was Finnish, while in reality he was, of course, Swedish.
After all the “oldschool” contribution, it is time for some recent stuff again. This time we have stickers, badges, postcards, and flyers, kindly provided by Gencha/Titan and Soundrunner/SDi.
• Takeover 1999 badge [link]
• Buenzli 2006 flyer [link]
• Buenzli 2008 flyer [link]
• Demozone 2008 flyer [link]
• Evoke 2006 flyer [link]
• Evoke 2006 postcard [link]
• Evoke 2007 flyer [link]
• Evoke 2008 flyer [link]
• “Saufen am Brechpunkt” sticker by Gnumpf Posse [link version 1] [link version 2]
• “Hackerland” promo postcard (2001) [link]
• Intel Demo Competition 2007 flyer [link]
• SCEEN promo postcard (2005) [link]