Keyboard Art Lessons from 1948

If you think those cute and clever emoticons and ASCII art are high-tech artworks, you are mistaken. Read on to find out how keyboard art was made in a more challenging and hardcore way!

I bet many of those who are fascinated with ASCII art will be floored (in a good way) to find out that this interesting art has been going on since the 1940s. But, instead of doing it on a computer using text editing softwares like Notepad, keyboard artists did it the analogue way: why, with a typewriter and sheets of paper, of course! Hardcore in a way that once you make a mistake, you have to start all over again.

There must have been many curious creative minds wanting to try out this art on their typewriters, as suggested by this how-to written by Paul Hadley for the October 1948 issue of American magazine Popular Mechanics.

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However, this is not at all an archaic art borne out of technology; there are artists, like Keira Rathbone, who still turn to their vintage typewriters to make these amazing keyboard art.

What do you think of this interesting history and technology tidbit? Tell us with a comment below!

All information for this article were sourced from Laughing Squid and Modern Mechanix.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2012-10-25 in #lifestyle #letters #ascii #art #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #history #1948 #keyboard-art

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