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The cover of the French Le Charivari magazine 27 February, 1834. It is pear-shaped because the magazine’s owner, Charles Philipon, had been taken to court for depicting king Louis-Philippe I as a rotting pear. Ironically, the king had just previously proclaimed the freedom of the press and lost the case.

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“A dude”, 1886. Published in the poetry section of the January issue of The Undergraduate, Middlebury’s newspaper. Source, via.

A piece of code shaped like a donut renders a spinning donut in ASCII. Made by Andy Sloane:

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More code calligrams here.

Hebrew micrography by Elijah Goldstein in Germany, 1898. The text says Jonah and the Midrash Yalkut on Jonah.


Hebrew ASCII from the 1200s. Or micrography, as it’s also called.

On this page, the scribe has identified himself as Eliezer son of Samuel by creating a calligram in the shape of the letters of his own name. The calligram (lines of text of unequal length written in parallel rows and forming a design) is a continuation of the text of the previous page concerning the laws of the holiday of Sukkot.


Programs that look good. Some of them are calligrams. From the Temple of Code By Nikon (aka Lord Nikon), 2013/14.

Hebrew micrography by Dayyan Aaron son of Judah Leib of Lissa, London, 1849. The text reads: Song of Songs.


Micrography by J. Sofer in France, ca 1910.

Popular postcards featuring the micrographic portraits of renowned rabbis were produced in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. The portrait of Rabbi Kahn, formed from a French text, is drawn from his writings.


Demonstrations of Most Complex ASCII Fluid by Yusuke Endoh 2012. The top one is a code calligram, where the code spells out Fluid and then turns itself fluid. Got an honorary mention in the Obfuscated C Code Competition

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