In 1987, the year HyperCard came out, I was 12 years old. This was the same year my school got about 14 IBM PC's and the same year my Dad brought home what was later deemed on many lists as the worst PC of all time, the IBM PCjr. I was horrified. I wanted a Macintosh but asked for at the very least
an Apple ][. Don't get me wrong, I was thankful. I used that horrible PCjr. when I wasn't over at a friends house using his Apple ][.
So the fact that I couldn't have a Macintosh started my fascination with it. Now that I'm older and actually have Macs of my own I sometimes like to go back and think of how fun it might have been to be in the middle of the Macintosh scene when it was new. I picked up some really cool HyperCard advertisements on eBay a few months ago and finally got around to scanning them. I thought I'd share them because they're actually pretty fun to look at. The first auction I won was a neat little set of cards meant to represent a HyperCard stack. The set consists of 15 cards total with the first eight proposing a problem.
Flipping the card over reveals the solution to that problem. The final seven cards, like the one above, shows how to do things in HyperCard. This one is my favorite card because it shows off the stylish Apple Scanner and HyperScan. Two perfect tools while using Hypercard. I'd had little to no luck with the hand held ScanMan type scanners so I was pleased to purchase my own Apple Scanner and try out HyperScan several years ago. It took me three tires to actually get a working, undamaged Apple Scanner like the one pictured above. Any chance I have to get one I don't turn it down (I have another one on the way currently).
It seems, judging from this advertisement "stack" and other material Apple put out at the time, they went to some extent in trying to explain what HyperCard does or "is". I like the first card I posted that simply stated in fine Apple fashion This is a card
. HyperCard is so fantastically simple. Everyone could use it - and every time I use it I'm reminded of what a genius Bill Atkinson is. In my Macintosh day dreams I'd like to wake up one sleepy Saturday morning at the age of 12 and watch Stewart Cheifet open up a segment of the Computer Chronicles playing with an Erector Set and introducing HyperCard. The family Mac plus would await me as I then watch the man himself explain HyperCard with the excitement it deserves.
I wanted to "show off" a few stacks of my own on this blog but unfortunately my SE/30's floppy drive needs some attention and I don't have it networked. I did, however, snag another cool piece of HyperCard advertising shortly after winning these neat cards. This is a large near newspaper size print Hypercard advertisement from 1987. As big as it is I'm surprised it's in the shape it's in. It's never been folded and seems to have been kept in a place where it wasn't bumped around too much. It just looks to have been thumbed through quite a bit, which is exactly what I've done with it. This mini-magazine is 12 large pages with each article a two page spread. Below is a scan of the cover. It took three individual scans that then had to be rotated around and put back together. It isn't seamless but it's the best my PS skills could provide.
I haven't had the chance to scan the whole thing yet (it would take quite a while to scan and piece together) but this advertisement really shows off the possibilities of HyperCard. It reminds me how far ahead HyperCard was. It's internet-like qualities probably helps it make even more sense today than it may have in 1987. If you boot up HyperCard anytime soon and haven't messed with it previously, grab the introduction book that came along with the software. If you don't have one there's always one on eBay and it's worth getting. It'll run you through editing the address stack, deleting the pre-existing ones, adding your own, etc. As I sat working through the manual I had several ideas for my own address stack. I added my friends and family, scanned in their photos, went into Fat Bits and added a neat drop shadow behind their picture just for fun, and kept going. I even added some restaurants and our favorite meals we normally get there, just so we remember. I then went a step further and added menus for those restaurants. Then phone numbers so I could dial them with the click of a button. It just kept going!
Here are a few more cool cards to look at from the stack. As I get the time I'll scan and add them all to my flickr
page. If you like them you're welcome to go there and see the full resolution scans. I'll also be scanning the rest of the mini newspaper HyperCard article. It's very well put together. I'd also like to encourage anyone who has some interesting Apple literature of their own to share them here as well. I saw an Apple annual report on eBay sell for over $100. I wanted it for the picture of a line of original Macintosh's being built at the Fremont factory. Boy did I want to get a good scan of that picture! Just a reminder to share some of the neat stuff you may have stockpiled in your personal collection.
I'll leave you with one more scan from the large HyperCard advert. It took 5 scans puzzled back together to get the full image. If you've ever tried this on a scanner you'll know the colors shift and things don't line up perfectly and you have to do lots of blending to hide the seams. This turned out okay but as you can see the colors aren't perfect. The original print isn't as yellowed as you see here. The text areas are yellow but not represented the best in this scan. Either way, I hope someone enjoys this like I have.