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The Wild, NSFW World of Old Teletext Porn

Back in the 70s and 80s, there was a little piece of technological magic known as Teletext. Basically, it allowed the broadcast of text, and crude text-art, over unused TV spectrum, so long as you had a special decoder. Very proto-internet. And so of course, it was used for pornography.

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There are a few places online that archive this wondrous, alien stuff. Boing Boing points to a few Tumblrs (lordnkon and Text Mode) which are naturally full of smut, as this fascinating article on Dangerous Minds about the history of the German teletext-porn scene specifically. You should definitely check it out if your interested in the how and why.

In the meantime, what follows is a collection of but a few (obviously) NSFW porno pics, for your textual titillation:

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[Dangerous Minds, lordnkon, Text Mode via Boing Boing]

GIFs from lordnkon

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We were using teletext into the 21st century in the UK. Commercials would actually tell you "press the teletext button now for more information!" and it would take you to fine print on insurance commercials and whatnot.