Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 9. Saturday, 11 Jan 1992.
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 92 09:54:31 EST
Subject: A: Shakespearean Graphics Files?
This is my first contribution, and I don't know whether this mail
address is going to work or not, but here goes...
Ken Steele writes [in SHK 2.0312]:
>Here's something we haven't discussed here, *ever*: are there any
>accessible computer graphics of Shakespearean portraits, signatures,
>facsimiles, productions, playhouses, etc. in any graphics format?
>(I can make use of .GIF, .TIFF, .CGM, .PCX, .CDR, .MAC, etc. etc.)
>All I have is a not-terribly-good .PCX of what looks like Burbage's
>portrait of Shakespeare. I'd like to be able to incorporate graphics
>into hand-outs, collages, letterheads, and greeting cards using
>PageMaker or Corel Draw. If anyone knows of graphics files available
>on the network, or has a few at home on diskette, I'd like to talk to
>you about them.
I hadn't expected to have anything to contribute EVER let alone so soon,
but on my travels looking for the address of this mailing list I used the
wonderful resource at McGill called "archie".
archie apparently runs around the worldwide Internet looking for files
on anonymous FTP (File Transfer Protocol - a TCP/IP Internet protocol:
anonymous means you don't have to have an account - you just use the
user ID "anonymous"), and keeps up a database of what is "out there".
I ran the command:
archie looked in its database for files or directories called "shakespeare".
It found two of them, both files. One is some kind of dictionary (I didn't
download it). The other is a very nice raster graphic file for Sunview. I
now have it on the background of my screen. It is a picture of what looks to
me like a family crest, with the letters WS near the top, and a motto at the
bottom "NON SANZ DROIT". I wish I had a family crest of my own for my screen,
but for now this will do.
If you need other than a Sun rasterfile, and can't convert it yourself, send
me mail and I might be able to supply your native format. The easiest thing
for me is to uuencode and mail it, but other arrangements can be made as well.
Perhaps Ken Steele might arrange to make it available on the file server?
The output from archie was:
FILE -rwxr--r-- 5608 Jul 12 00:28 shakespeare
FILE -rw-r--r-- 96562 Nov 16 1988 shakespeare
"slopoke" had the raster file.
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