Want to type your own picture of Prince Charles? No problem!

Before the internet, we had to make our own entertainment. There was none of this Candy Crush nonsense – we had to go down to our local newsagent’s and knock all the Fruit Salads off the display before the shopkeeper called the police. One of the many creative things pre-internet people – also known as ‘people’ – were doing was typing pictures, like this one:

Who wouldn’t want to type their own Prince Charles? Don’t answer that.

One typing genius, Bob Neill, produced a couple of books of detailed instructions for creating typed images – this is what the instructions for Prince Charles looked like, in case you were champing at the bit to get started.

Impressive, huh?

These are a few more that we liked from his first book, Bob Neill’s Book of Typewriter Art.

Kojak

Elvis

Pope John Paul II

It isn’t all people, either. Bob had something for all tastes –

The Bush Baby

This landscape

Flowers

Twitter’s amazing curator of such curiosities, @PulpLibrarian, shared a few of these treasures.

As you can see, it proved to be quite popular …and inspirational.

Finally! An genuine reason for all the hipsters to own typewriters.

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