They say a picture speaks a thousand words. But what of the words the picture does not speak? What of the hidden truths behind the image? Here are ten photographs from the early days of personal computing, in which a tragedy is hidden.
A single-parent family are enjoying some sort of Atari VCS multi-cart accessory, ignoring the impractical angle of their TV screen. It looks to be a happy enough scene. But wait - the father is screaming in pain. Beneath the table, his leg is being gnawed off by a drug addict.
The pointing boy is saying "Soon, family, I will be putting you inside the computer". They were wrong to laugh.
Grew up to be Hitler.
The mother and her children have yet to notice the man with the moustache, who has just entered their home via the window. Their bodies will not be discovered for three days.
These four men are fighting over the TRS-80 Micro Computer System, each wrongly believing it belongs to them. They have yet to notice the approach of the ghost of Cyrano de Bergerac (nose just edging into view, upper left), who will literally scare them to death.
She is writing a suicide note.
He is writing a suicide note.
The children gather here before a shrine to their god, Cuthbert. Soon they will ingest the poisoned milk, to join with their master on the rolling hills and green fields of Dimension 9.
Moments after this photograph was taken, the boy on the left was licked to death by his older brother, Prellvin.
Denim vs Leather. Consequence: no winners.
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