ASCII Art, Circa 1934

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And so a timeless truth is revealed: If you put enough nerds in front of a set of lettered keys, one of them will produce awkward art, eventually.

Strictly speaking, this should be called typewriter art, since the ASCII acronym didn't come into use until 1963, and this piece, but a young gentleman named Bob, apparently, wasn't created until the mid-thirties. And unlike the thousands of lovingly pecked-out Simpsons characters and ironic meme conversions you're used to seeing in rendered in type, "The Dream Ship" sails with purpose. It's part of an apology, to a fair young maiden!:

Dearest Hazel,
I wanted to apologize for the way I treated you yesterday. I really am ashamed of myself. I don't know what is the matter with me but I guess I just don't know how to treat a lady.


There's a carefully lineated ship up there that begs to differ, Bob. Full letter at [SquareAmerica via BoingBoing]

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i got bored (its kinda tall and squashed because of the space between the lines)