milk jug from thesis

The little milk pitcher / jug in Ed Catmull's 1975 PhD thesis “The Utilization of Procedure Models in Digital Image Synthesis”, does anybody have the bicubic patch data for it? The teapot's data (in several early versions) is well-distributed of course, the spoon and cup/saucer are downloadable from a few repositories. But (so far) I can't find the milk jug's.

Is it lost forever, or is somebody out there willing / able to make it available?

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't know where the data can be found, but it seems like it might be possible to reconstruct it from those wireframes, under some mild assumptions to constrain the unknown camera. $\endgroup$ Jan 8 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ Creating a similar mesh would be easy. Creating similar bicubic patches would be feasible. Neither would be (or be descended from) the model data Ed Catmull made in 1975, like the available data sets for the teapot, teaspoon, and teacup (links in my ask) are. The historical significance of the possibly-lost-but-I-hope-not data is the point of the question. But thx! $\endgroup$
    – KickAir8p
    Jan 8 at 5:37
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    $\begingroup$ Well, if it was based off photogrammetry from these wireframes, it would indeed be "descended from" the original. Sometimes historians have to work from corrupted or incomplete versions of original sources; those still have value! But I understand the desire to find the original data if it is still extant. :) $\endgroup$ Jan 8 at 5:43


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