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Groove Is In The Art – 1960s and 1970s Clip Art

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Anyone even vaguely acquainted with a computer will have no doubt come across Clip Art before which gives us all the ability to liven up even the dullest presentation or essay with witty and erudite royalty free pictures and cartoons. Well, not surprisingly, Clip Art is by no means a new invention and has been around almost as long as printing itself. Here we take a brief look at recent Clip Art history followed by some of our favourites from the Bart & Co. Historic Clip Art Collection – a real labour of love if ever there was one.

Before the days of mass computers and desktop publishing, printing was a completely manual process. Images such as those termed Clip Art were physically cut-out from existing printed works (hence the name) and pasted on to a board which was the same size as the printed page and then photographed from where the image would then be printed. The development of computers throughout the 1980s effectively made the old ‘paste-up’ process redundant and during the 1990s desktop publishing became the norm for virtually all forms of printing.


The development of digital Clip Art started in the early 1980s with the introduction of the IBM PC in 1981 but it wasn’t until three years later and the introduction of Apple Macintosh’s GUI (graphical user interface) allied with new laser printers such as the LaserWriter that the whole process became more accessible and easier to use for day-to-day consumers. From there the technology snowballed with the new MacPaint program and a company called T/Maker who developed an early word processor WriteNow commissioned for the Macintosh by a certain Steve Jobs. T/Maker developed the first serious commercial Clip Art packages marketed under the name ClickArt and went on to host one of the largest Clip Art libraries.


The 1990s saw further increases in innovation and computing power to the point where Microsoft offered it as a built-in feature of their packages although early versions were somewhat limited. In 1996 Microsoft Word 6.0 included only 82 Clip Art files whereas now there are literally tens of thousands. Development since has increased at a stellar rate particularly with the rise of the world wide web to the point now where whatever you want you can get provided you know where to look.


But enough of this impromptu and probably not very interesting history lesson. Let’s have a look at these fantastic images from what looks like 1960s America when Clip Art and let’s face it the whole world was simpler and far less complicated.



record party 1960s clip art



The Crowd Clip Art



60s art






sixties artwork


60s Clipart



60s Tennis Clipart



1960s Clip Art



1960s car art



1960s hat art



1960s phone clip art



poolside 60s clipart



1970s clip art








holiday clip art



men clip art



Business man clip art






teen clip art 1960s



drive in 60s clip art



1960s clip art grads



1960s clipart dancing



1960s couples clip art



1960s business clip art



1970s cooking clip art



1960s girls art



1960s ski art



1960s industry clipart



1960s phone operator art



industry art 60s



sixties clip art



hippy clip art



rock star clip art



disco clip art 1970s




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