Here’s a later artist that doesn’t align the characters: https://www.wired.com/2011/07/ascii-art-typewriter/
I was organizing a ton of old saved files (including saved webpages) from many years back (some over a decade old). One of the pages I had saved was "X-Ray Solves Secret of Life (Jun, 1939)" : http://blog.modernmechanix.com/x-ray-solves-secret-of-life/ (interesting read on what can happen with emerging tech).
I checked to see if the site still existed (lots of my old saved files point to dead domains or interestingly, domains that have been repurposed for completely different businesses unrelated to their original content). As I crawled around the site, my impressions were exactly like yours. Treasure trove of interesting historical info!
I came across the ASCII article and decided to post. I love ASCII art but also wanted to point HN users to the site.
> luck of the draw that they chose a free maintenance-less platform
I was curious about this too. Just checked and it's running Wordpress 5.2 (released 07may2019). Some of the other backend tech is a little dated...
side note: Years ago, I was always curious if I should have been saving webpages as MHT or MAFF files. Now that both of these containers are dead, it turned out that Mozilla's MAFF was the better solution. It's just a compressed format, easy to unzip and all the pages were as viewable as the originals. For MHT files, I needed Pale Moon running with an MHT extension (used this to resave pages as "html complete").
I swear, browsers have gone downhill since the days of Opera 12...
I'm feeling pretty confident about the browser extension 'Singlefile'.
I had already tested saved files on a number of browsers (the usual modern browsers) including a few minimal ones like Dillo and elinks. The pages had no problems displaying.
Out of curiosity, I just finished testing with two old DOS browsers I had in DOSBox. The results are here: https://imgur.com/a/ScpJqaK
Also uploaded here:
Knots HTML Viewer: https://ibb.co/3Tf9VTk
Dillo for DOS: https://ibb.co/mqsF8kp
Knots was a simple HTML viewer released in 1996. I was surprised it loaded the page. From the image: it was unable to scroll past a certain point. Singlefile embeds all assets within the page (so I had to scroll past all the CSS). It stopped scrolling soon after the CSS.
This was a real (unfair) torture test of Singlefile and I think it passed with flying colors. Knots had trouble even with pages written in 1993 - it was useful for only the simplest of html tags.
The other image is of Dillo for DOS (released in 2011). Really nice job displaying the Singlefile page.
These were the only two DOS browsers I had on the system (for now...)
> I swear, browsers have gone downhill since the days of Opera 12...
LOL. In 100% agreement:-)
I also like how the artist is actually an industrial worker, in a mill - and this echoes how ASCII artists in later decades have some kind of technical day job too.
He'd get word that someone would be transmitting a picture at a certain time and frequency, then he'd set up the paper punch to record the transmission so we could replay and reprint at a later date. Local HAMs would also loan and copy the tape reels so others could have copies.
Playboy centerfolds seemed the most popular thing back then with HAMs.
> That guy looks like the most stereotypical hillbilly.