computer graphics in the 1950s

Randy Dawson rdawson16 at
Wed Oct 15 20:50:07 CDT 2008

1963 isnt the 50's but close.

Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad:

Theres some youtube out there too of this system in operation.


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> From: legalize at
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:21:36 -0600
> Subject: computer graphics in the 1950s
> What was the first machine to have some sort of graphical display (most
> likely oscilloscope style) driven by a computer?
> SAGE is the first one I can think of; I don't recall the predecessors at
> MIT having any sort of graphical display.
> Then, after the first machine, besides SAGE, what systems were utilizing
> graphic displays in the 1950s?  Did the IBM commercial derivative of SAGE
> use any graphic displays?
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