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Fri, Jan 25 2013 10:22:08 UTC

First ever digital artwork uncovered

The Atlantic has recovered the never before told story of how the very first digital artwork came to be, in US Air Force base Ft. Lee.

In what is believed to be the very first time a digital image was produced on a display created to track missiles and enemy airplanes, a picture taken in 1959 shows what one enterprising programmer decided to do during his break time. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he chose to draw the pin-up portrait of a woman, more precisely an image found in Esquire magazine.

The SAGE computer used to create it cost $238 million, and could very well be the initial birth of computer graphics.

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