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First Computer-Created Image in History 1959 by alexey ,  Feb 27, 2017

First computer drawing, made in 1959, found the journalist Benjamin Edwards. The image of a semi-Nude woman created by one of employees of the SAGE - part of the air defense system of the United States. In SAGE included several lamp computers, occupying an area up to 2 thousand square meters and worth about $ 300 million each.

The devices were located on the West coast of the United States in order to monitor possible attacks from the air. Every day by the computers were created image of coastline. It is possible, during free time from work, the program for the energy of the pen SAGE took advantage of the soldiers who survived the on-screen image of half-naked girls. The sample was taken photos of the girls from the magazine Esquire.

Photo of the first computer drawing made in 1959 private Lorenz Tipton, who were subsequently shot in the Museum of the computer technology. For military figure has not only aesthetic value, but also practical - with him operators lamp computer in a long time experienced the state of the system.


Lawrence Tipton in front of the Duplex Maintenance Console (Lawrence Tipton)

In 1955, famed pin-up artist George Petty resumed a relationship with Esquire magazine just before his retirement. He illustrated two calendars for the publication, one for 1955 and one for 1956. Each month's page came accompanied by a lushly illustrated and extremely scantily clad Petty pin-up.


Petty had a way of painting a woman by which she almost appeared nude if not for a sheer, skin-hugging fabric that obscured almost nothing. Such is the case in the December 1956 calendar pin-up, which leaves little besides the woman's mysteriously absent nipples to the imagination.

Typically, the SAGE computer drew a line-based image of coastline or map on each SD console then overlaid flight vector information and live radar blips. When the operators wanted to identify a certain flight on the screen, console operators had a unique input device at their disposal: the light gun. They simply pointed the light gun at the spot and pulled the trigger. Alphanumeric information that identified the flight would then appear next to it on the screen.


A SAGE operator at a Situation Display Console, holding a light gun (IBM)

Benj Edwards Writer, Designer, Historian

Benj Edwards Benj Edwards' diverse interests in science and the arts inspire his written works on the past, present, and future of technology. As a collector and student of vintage computers and video games for almost 20 years, he brings a deep sense of tech history to publications such as PC World, Wired, Macworld, 1UP, and Ars Technica. Edwards is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of Vintage Computing and Gaming (VC&G), a regularly updated blog dedicated to classic technology. VC&G's unusual dual devotion to both computer and video game history has attracted millions of readers since 2005. As a songwriter and musician, Edwards previously formed the world's first "dot-com band,", which explored audience interactivity, online music distribution methods, and new music business models, gaining acclaim from Billboard and USA Today. When not writing or making music, Benj enjoys spending time with his family and two cats at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.