Floppy Disk Nostalgia Alert
Floppy Sleeves: Winter Frost Edition; this is just a delightful collection of some wonderful nostalgic memories of a time forever etched in my memory,
Quite a number of these I can remember from my teenage years. Quite a few seem to be quite localised to the US, but there are the other big name brands that are super familiar.
A few of my favourite vintage floppy diskette sleeves are: Polaroid, IBM, Apple, Commodore and Kodak.
The Internet Archive
All of these Floppy Disk Sleeves are scanned in at 600dpi resolution, using Vuescan, and all are downloadable.
Not to brag; The Internet Archive is one of a few organisations that I feel are worth sponsoring, along with Wikipedia, so if you feel the Internet Archive is an amazing source of information, then please do consider making a donation.
About the Floppy Diskette Sleeve Collection by Jason Scott
A random scanning of floppy disk sleeves from contributed collections – scanned at 600dpi into TIFF by Vuescan, by Jason Scott.
In the era of the 5.25″ floppy disk (roughly 1975-1995), the disks had a window to the disc inside that exposed the magnetic media to open air. (A re-design of disks in 3.5″ form factors added a spring-loaded “door” that would automatically close down and protect the media. To reduce exposure and damage to this fragile media, a paper or plastic sleeve would be provided with the floppy disk to cover this window. On this sleeve were often instructions (somewhat standardized) to encourage careful treatment of the floppy.
Over time, the simplicity of the floppy sleeve design along with the wide open space on it encouraged the creation of custom printings, both for individual software products, and for large runs of general floppy disk sets (boxes of 10, 50 or 100). Some of these large-run general purpose floppy disk images are strongly identified with this period in the minds of those who lived through them. Many are objectively pleasant to see.
This compilation is utterly random and represents all the unique designs that were not solid colors that passed through Jason Scott’s hands in the month of January, 2019.
Floppy Disk Diskette Sleeve Collection by Jason Scott
Below is just a super small selection of the collection, so please do head over to the Internet Archive and take a look at the entire floppy disk archive.
→ Floppy Sleeves: Winter Frost Edition