[SIGCIS-Members] Graphics Gathering

andy patros apatros at stny.rr.com
Thu Feb 25 08:20:21 PST 2021

Hello folks,

I have been conducting research on an early effort at photo scanning, saving to a computer and output to a hardware device (in this case a CalComp plotter) by H. Philip Peterson in 1965 at Control Data Labs, at their Burlington, Massachusetts “Digigraphics" facility.

Mr. Peterson worked with Wes Clark, Ken Olson, Larry Roberts, the Sutherlands, Jack Gilmore and others at MIT’s Lincoln Labs in the late 1950’s, through the early 1960’s.

The item Mr. Peterson produced was known as the Mona By the Numbers, and aka Digital Mona Lisa.

Over the years I have aggregated a fair amount of information on Peterson and the Mona, but am always looking to add more to my knowledge base.

High resolution photos of the DML/MBTN can be seen at my website, www.digitalmonalisa.com <http://www.digitalmonalisa.com/>, along with a few documents from my research collection, and a promotional video from Calcomp from 1968, with the DML hanging in the background.

I have made direct contact with Ted Nelson, Wes Clark, Larry Roberts and others, regarding their time alongside Mr. Peterson either at MIT or Control Data.

Might folks on this listserv be aware of this project from H. Philip Peterson, and be able to add to my knowledge base, or direct me to others that may have information on this item?

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Andy Patros
1127 Pennsylvania Ave.
Elmira, NY 14904
Cell- 607-742-5428
apatros at stny.rr.com <mailto:apatros at stny.rr.com>
www.digitalmonalisa.com <http://www.digitalmonalisa.com/> 

> On Feb 22, 2021, at 9:12 AM, David C. Brock <dcb at dcbrock.net> wrote:
> For people interested in the history of computer graphics, my colleagues and I at CHM just learned about a recent online reunion meeting of the community around an annual Valentine’s Day computer “Graphics Gathering” in the Bay Area that started in 1981. It appears to have been quite a heterogeneous group: Attendees at the recent reunion included Ted Nelson, Dan Kotkke, Liza Loop, and many others. The reunion was a multi-hour Google Meet that was recorded. More on the Graphics Gathering here: http://ecocre8.com/ <http://ecocre8.com/>
> I thought that someone interested in the history of computer graphics might want to dig into this, get a copy of the recording from the reunion organizers, etc.
> All the best,
> David 
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