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QWERTY Keyboard Art by Sarah Frost (2011)

By Charles R Cannoni, from here.

In 1928 the Houston Post-Dispatch and the Remington Rand Business Service sponsored a contest where readers could submit images “drawn” on a typewriter. An image of silent film star and Wild West actor Harry Carey that earned W. Graham Darby, of 106 67th St., the first-place prize: a $60 Remington portable typewriter.

From the book Typewriter Art (1978). Compiled by Dan Carlinsky with works by Rochelle Vickey, Susan Jatsek, Karen Aldrich, Paul Smith, Mary V. Urban, Wilbert W. Fryberger, Sharon France.

Kindly photographed by itsaherring!

Andrew Belsey:

Bruce Bliven, in his book The Wonderful Writing Machine (New York: Random House, 1954) has a picture of a typewriter artist at work (page 153). There is no explanation of who or what is in the picture. All that Bliven says in the text is that “For some, typing is one of the fine arts” and there have been “fine artists who made typewritten pictures.”

Charles H. Young (1931)

Typewriter Mystery Games by Julius Nelson (1951).
Thanks to Andrew Belsey for the tip.

From the book Typewriter Art (1978). Compiled by Dan Carlinsky with works by Rochelle Vickey, Susan Jatsek, Karen Aldrich, Paul Smith, Mary V. Urban, Wilbert W. Fryberger, Sharon France.

Kindly photographed by itsaherring!

Nathan Krevolin’s Art Typing.
Published by Pitman in 1967, 8th printing 1974.
Thanks so much to Andrew Belsey for sharing his archive with us.

Kenneth Taylor’s keyboard art portraits from the 1920s. Featuring Dorothy Gish, William S. Hart and Charlie Chaplin from Motion Picture Magazine.