About ASCII Art
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Popular Mechanics
This tutorial on how to create "Keyboard Art" appeared in Popular Mechanics in October, 1948. It was more recently scanned by modernmechanix and is now mirrored here. In 1948, there was no such thing as ASCII, but that didn't stop creative types from making pictures using the same pallete of characters, numbers and symbols.

1948 Artcle in Popular Mechanics entitled Typewriter Art