Tag Archives: 1980s

“From a 1988 Polish computer magazine” / @mwichary.

The 1986 retina screen: the WY-700 video card/screen gave the PC a 1280×800 resolution, and a text-mode of 160 columns by 50 lines. It had a built-in 16×16 font (download), and you could even use your own custom fonts. The high-res modes only supported greyscale, but who needs colours anyway?

Sources: John Elliot, thecomputerarchive.com, PC Mag.

The Amstrad PC 1640 character set is similar to Code Page 437, but it has a double exclamation mark‼ It’s used for maths and coding, but it also refers to  retroflex clicks like ᵑ̊‼ʰ.

The European font of the Sega SC-3000. Notice how curvy the full triangles and slashes are. Images from SMS Power and Saverio Russo.

The 8×16 system font of the Atari ST (1985), available here.

The three TRS-80 models had no less than 22 different fonts in total (top image), available in Rebecca Bettencourt’s font pack Another Mans Treasure. Shown here are the international fonts from TRS-80 Model 4, and Rebecca’s additions in the last image.

Tatung Einstein (1984) and its rather special character set. Also, don’t miss the active Geocities-style site tatungeinstein.co.uk. Photos from here and here.

Animated Madonna ANSI by MCL, circa 1989. Found by Noel Gamba, posted on giphy.

From an MZ-80 game by Hudson. Full video here.