Suddenly! An answer from Jeremy Penner to my almost 6(!) years old question!
@GIFmodel Dancing Girl origin puzzle piece: "MSP 85" signature suggests original artist was MacroMind's Mark Pierce? https://t.co/sMP5eqHk3x
— Jeremy Penner (@SpindleyQ) January 3, 2017
Followed by the comments by ulan-bator with links to precious clip art and legacy manuals.
Where’d you find DANCERS.PCX? I assume you’ve seen Olia Lialina’s work tracking down the origin of that animation? http://blog.geocities.institute/archives/2559
oh wow! I’ve seen that before, I realize now, but I’d forgotten all about it. there are a few more sheets a lot like it in some .zips in the So Much Shareware cd-rom (http://cd.textfiles.com/somuch/smsharew/CLIPART/) the dancers in figures.zip and the rest scattered among the misc.zips. i put the ones I’ve found here http://www.mediafire.com/file/41s26pbninmuz2l/pcx.zip
the man and woman walking with a briefcase from the other gifs are also there in FEMWALK/MALEWALK.PCX
i did a quick search and there is talk of an art disk with images for use in animations that goes with video works, so that seems like a possible source. otherwise the “body shop” seems like a similar concept.
And! Finally I made hulagirl tag for the posts about the dancing girl.
btw dancing girl, at GIF conf in Bologna @gretchenandrew, Sof and I skipped one session to practice GIF modelinghttps://t.co/7xQK3mc8iv pic.twitter.com/LtrC9SeuV4
— olia lialina (@GIFmodel) January 4, 2017