The History of Typewriter Art

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Flora F.F. Stacey, an English stenographer, had been experimenting with “art-typing” for several years before her 1898 butterfly drawing catapulted her into international fame. The first edition of Pitman’s Typewriter Manual, published in 1893, included several examples of typed ornaments that a typewriter operator could use to embellish his or her work. Though Stacey may have well produced more typewriter art before her famous butterfly, none of it is preserved and the anonymous plate from the 1893 manual is now considered the first recorded example of “art-typing.”

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Source: Barrie Tullett, Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthologydiscussed in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings

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