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.
These are a few more that we liked from his first book, Bob Neill’s Book of Typewriter Art.
Pope John Paul II
It isn’t all people, either. Bob had something for all tastes –
The Bush Baby
Twitter’s amazing curator of such curiosities, @PulpLibrarian, shared a few of these treasures.
Instructions on how to type your own picture of Kojak (1975).
You never know when you might need to… pic.twitter.com/rdP2cWACsC
— Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) November 8, 2018
As you can see, it proved to be quite popular …and inspirational.
I am ready pic.twitter.com/108sNmZM0a
— Charles Boudreault (@Solsticenator) November 9, 2018
THATS MY SUNDAY SORTED.
— David Marsden | @drcreek | aka "Chips" (@drcreek) November 9, 2018
Finally! An genuine reason for all the hipsters to own typewriters.
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