Tag Archives: 1930s

Franklin D. Roosevelt, composed of 17,000 monotype characters and a tinted background in the shape of the head (1935). source

Valto Malmiola’s portrait of Sibelius, 1937. It was made with 30,000 so-called rules – strips of metal, often brass or type-cast metal, used for printing lines since the 1500’s.

More works by Valto Malmiola, made with the same technique, 1938-1943.

Images and info from Typographic Art of Valto Malmiola by Heikki Lotvonen, 2023. He mentions that for example Carl Fasol used this technique before Malmiola.

Typwriter works by Elena Evgenevny in Russia in the 1920s and 1930s. Sourced and published by the magazine American Chordata, via. h/t Marcin.

Ad from Boys’ Life, October 1936. Write a typey to win a typewriter. h/t: @mwichary

A study from 1934 on how kids used the typewriter, and how it changed the classrom. Source. h/t: Marcin Wichary, whose forthcoming book about keyboards might interest you.

Russian typewriter art from the 1930′s made by Elena Rebinder, who was married with the famous chemist Piotr Rebinder. Scanned by Prozhito. h/t: Gleb Albert.

Typing portraits with a Monotype, 1939. Full clip here.


His nimble fingers are the keybars of his typewriter. :-)

(via Modern Mechanix)

Typewriter gloves, 1935.

Art Deco Kilim, India, Circa: Early 20th Century, 1930, via.

Teletype Messages Sent Through Switch Board”, Popular Mechanics, April 1932. AT&T offering two way service through switchboards