ASCII Art in 1939 (Jun, 1939)

Yes, I know the ASCII standard wan’t established until 1967, but it’s the same general idea.

Typewriter Artist Produces Pictures Like Tapestry
Pictures that resemble tapestry are produced with a typewriter by Rosaire J. Belanger, a mill worker in Saco, Me. Belanger first draws a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper, then inserts it in his typewriter and fills in the sketch with various characters to produce shading and outlines. With carbon paper, he transfers the picture onto graph paper, and copies it on blank paper.

41 comments
  1. discarded lies - hyperlinkopotamus says: July 29, 200610:10 pm

    ASCII art from 1939; everything old is new again….

    ASCII art from 1939; everything old is new again….

  2. TME says: July 30, 200612:21 am

    That’s actually a good way to make ASCII art. I might try that.

  3. Shii says: July 30, 20068:07 am

    That guy looks like the most stereotypical hillbilly.

  4. Frankee says: July 30, 20068:12 am

    So THAT’S The guy who keeps making all that ascii art. It all makes sense now.

  5. kusabi says: July 30, 20068:57 am

    Whoever said that guy looks like the most stereotypical hillbilly is a stereotypical moron.

  6. MiRRoRMaN says: July 30, 20069:04 am

    To see more ASCII arts from 1939 visit http://amigacam.net.tc

  7. LilRockOn says: July 30, 20069:08 am

    I am a stereotypical hillbilly and I think Mr. Belanger looks just fine! :)

  8. gethro says: July 30, 20062:29 pm

    Everyone knows the hillbillys are too stupid from generation after generation of inbreeding to make anything of any intrest or value to anyone.

  9. goober d nelson says: July 30, 20062:36 pm

    YOU WANT TO FIGHT ME WITH THOSE WORDS MISTER, MY FOOL DIDNT RAISE NO DADDY. MY BROTHER WILLIS SAYS HE GONNA FIND YOU AND BEAT YOU TO BITS. HE MAKES ART FROM POSSUM BONES.

  10. Keith L. Dick says: July 30, 20062:40 pm

    WOW, That’s really cool… I Wonder how long it takes him to do one?…

  11. goober d nelson says: July 30, 20063:13 pm

    IT TAKE WILLIS 90 DAYS TO MAKE ART FROM POSSUM BONE. YOU WANT ONE?

  12. tobi says: July 30, 20064:21 pm

    i got one from 1882: http://www.zachl.at/tob…

  13. Venomous says: July 30, 20065:05 pm

    So this typewriter-toting hick is responsible for the evolution of a style of artwork that proliferates the software piracy scene to this very day? Man, now THAT’s a pioneer. NFO files, old school style…

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  15. » ASCII Art depuis 1939 » GeekBoy says: July 31, 20063:17 am

    [...] Issue d’une revue scientifique de 1939 : “…Pictures that resemble tapestry are produced with a typewriter by Rosaire J. Belanger…”lire plus | histoire digg [...]

  16. stexen says: July 31, 20064:11 am

    this young lady does much more photo realistic typewriter ascii art. she’s like a human dot matrix printer.

    http://www.keira-lyn.co…

  17. [...] * ASCII Art from 1939. Remember typewriters? [...]

  18. LVB.net says: August 1, 20068:06 am

    ASCII art from 1943…

    While reading this article on “ASCII art in 1939″, I remembered a carbon copy which I found in an old atlas. It’s a portrait of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, made on a typewriter in 1943 by my ……

  19. o says: August 2, 200611:21 am

    hillbillies masturbate to a george washington ascii art

  20. Internet från förr | smidigt.se says: August 3, 20068:46 am

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  21. Rebecca's Pocket says: August 21, 20065:27 am

    Pre-computer ASCII art…

    Modern Mechanix is collecting, among other things, examples of pre-computer ASCII art, found in old issues of popular science magazines. So far, he has found articles on the typewriter art of mill worker Rosaire Belanger in the June 1939 issue……

  22. socks says: August 28, 20063:05 pm

    ascii-art in 1939…

    L’immagine in basso dimostra che il possesso di un computer è una condizione sufficiente ma non necessaria, per sentirsi geek; (potrei arrivare ad ipotizzare che l’essere geek sia addirittura una condizione Chissà poi se tale ingelatina…

  23. Designs » ASCII Art From 1939 says: August 31, 20067:33 am

    [...] From a 1939 issue of Popular Science: “…Pictures that resemble tapestry are produced with a typewriter by Rosaire J. Belanger…”read more | digg story [...]

  24. ASCII ART - Spam | Spam Info says: May 1, 20073:12 pm

    [...] Modern Mechanix ist ein Zeitungsartikel vom ältesten ASCII ART Künstler Rosaire J. Belanger zu sehen. 1939 – [...]

  25. ASCII-Art aus 1939 » hangy.de‽ says: September 3, 20071:00 pm

    [...] kommt auch nicht aus der Amiga-Zeit, sondern ist seit spätestens 1939 bekannt, wie man im Blog von Modern Mechanix eindrucksvoll sehen [...]

  26. rangitoto says: September 17, 20076:27 am

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  27. covertress says: March 3, 200810:05 am

    The original ASCII Art Six Line Challenge is back.

    New submissions are being accepted and will be posted to the top of the ASCII Art Hall of Fame.

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  28. [...] ASCII art from *1939*. Wow. [...]

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  31. Simon says: December 18, 20082:33 pm

    That’s really great :)

  32. [...] may be 70’s Im not sure? To think that something so simple was used for not only typing but also pictures. Thanks for your time, [...]

  33. [...] wurden genutzt, um durch das geschickte Anordnen einzelner Lettern Grafiken zu erstellen. Rosaire J. Belanger erstellte schon 1939 auf seiner Schreibmaschine Portraits, darunter eines von George [...]

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  36. Shawn Belanger says: October 18, 20095:00 pm

    To anyone who said this guy looks like a hillbilly: screw you. That’s my ancestor your talking about :)

  37. asdads says: December 29, 20093:36 pm

    /\ \
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    \ \ \__________ /
    \ \ \ / / /
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  38. Generative Representation « 5 canons + 1 says: March 10, 20107:33 am

    [...] also: pre-ASCII art in Modern Mechanics blog This entry was written by Ludmila Rodrigues, posted on March 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm, filed [...]

  39. Irene Lawrie says: January 6, 201112:07 pm

    In 1952, Rosaire J. Belanger of Burlington, Iowa donated twenty of his Art Typed Pictures, including the original of “Jesus in Gethsamane to the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine. Florida. He wrote, ” each measures 10 x 14 and requires from four to seven hours to draw as 12,573 strokes or more are required to complete each one.” The pictures are in storage and are not available for viewing. Lightner Museum Registrar, Irene Lawrie

  40. Buchstabenkunst | Wurzel's Blog says: February 19, 20118:08 am

    [...] und Zeichen ganze Bilder zu setzen, tauchte schon über 25 Jahre vor dem ASCII-Zeichensatz auf. Das erste Fundstück ist 1939 datiert. Rosaire J. Belanger füllte mit einer Schreibmaschine vorgezeichnette [...]

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