Sexy computer art, circa 1956


SageeeeeSometime between 1956-1958 an unknown IBM employee wrote a punchcard program that displayed the above pin-up girl on the screens of the US military's two billion dollar Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) computers. Some say that the program was a diagnostic tool that showed the pin-up as a data transfer test. Others contend that it was just geek fun. The Atlantic's Benj Edwards tells the story of what was one of the first pieces of figurative computer art. "The Never-Before-Told Story of the World's First Computer Art (It's a Sexy Dame)"


  1. I’ve made vector drawings on an oscilloscope I had hooked up to an 8088 (for fun to see if I could write a display driver and for credit in an electronics course). I wonder if this was similar.

    1. Yes, basic vector graphics is basically D-to-A outputs hooked up to the X, Y, and gain (brightness) inputs of on oscilloscope.

      Storage tubes are a slightly different animal, but I don’t think that’s what we’re looking at.

  2. I want to know who did the first teletype nude. (Typed characters, sometimes overtyped, as greyscale.)

  3. Add this to the long list of new tech being used for male curiosity.

    “3D printer, what is that? /youtube. Oh, they are printing nude women… of course”

  4. The SAGE project is really really great
    (for porn)
    It defends us from the Commies we all hate
    (for porn)
    Our CRT’s round and bright
    (for porn)
    To track planes in midflight
    (for porn)
    We watch the skies all day and night!
    (FOR PORN)

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