Tag Archives: 1950s

ASCII-portraits of Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson made with a UNIVAC in 1957. via (Technically not ASCII since it didn’t exist, but perhaps EBCDIC) h/t: Marcin Wichary

Typewritten fonts by Murielle Rouleau (top, using only m) and Julius Nelson (bottom, using X and _). From Today’s Secretary 1950-1951. Scanned by Marcin Wichary.

Seine, oil on wood by Ellsworth Kelly 1951, with a study. The physicist Brian Gin-ge Chen discusses the painting in terms of diffusion, predictable randomness, geography, lottery, percolation, etc:

Rectangles were placed according to numbers drawn out of a hat!

Each of the first 41 columns contains one more black
rectangle than the one to its left.
Each of the next 40 following columns contains one more
white rectangle than the one to its left.

Richard Paul Lohse ‘15 systematische Farbreihen mit’ (1955-69)

From the manual for Flow-Matic, for one of the first computers: UNIVAC. source

“On The Road” Scroll 
In April 1951, Kerouac taped together eight twenty-foot strips of teletype paper to from a single scroll some 127 feet long. Feeding it into a portable typewriter.

Teletype Corporation’s Model 28 line of communications terminals was first delivered to the US Military in 1951, via.


Sven Markelius, textile design Pythagoras, 1953. NKs Textilkammare, Sweden. Via Jacksons.se. The architect Markelius met Gropius on visiting the bauhaus in 1927 and was highly impressed by the ideas of modernism.

Police dog Tosca by Will Hollis (1957)

Julio Le Parc, acrylic on canvas, 1959. via