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Art Bits from HyperCard

Long-time Macintosh users likely remember HyperCard, Apple's strange hypermedia system that was sorta like a cross between index cards, web pages, and 90s interactive edutainment software. HyperCard left a pretty big legacy for the Web to come, influencing everything from JavaScript to wikis to the pointing finger thing for links on pages to fuckin' Myst.

Apple packaged in some sample HyperCard stacks to get people up to speed with the software, including one called "Art Bits", which included a ton of sample clip art for use in your own stacks. This stack is fantastic for showing off just how much Apple could do with two colors.

The front of the Art Bits stack

Slowly, painfully, torturously, methodically—I've clipped out over 700 of these fucking things and stuck them on this page at their original size for your use and enjoyment. The entire thing is still less than 300kb, after all the PNGs are optimized, but regardless, I'm not responsible if it's really slow. Hopefully, you listened to that warning when you clicked.

Beasts

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Buildings

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Communication and media

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HyperCard miscellany

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Icon ideas

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Macintosh miscellany

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Nature and science

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Odds and ends

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People

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Small treasures

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Transportation

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