The First Known AmbigramApr 27th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Ambigram Gallery
Recently, we posted the History of Ambigrams, and mentioned that the first known non-natural ambigram was created in 1893.
Today we received a scan of that first ambigram.
The picture below was created in 1893 by Peter Newell as the last page in his book “Topsys and Turvys”. It read “THE END” normally and when inverted became the word “PUZZLE”.
Although Peter Newell was better known for his children’s books and for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll and Mark Twain than he was for his ambigrams, he published 2 books of illustrations of invertible designs (“Topsys & Turvys” and “Topsys and Turvys 2″), where the picture (and text) turn into a completely different image when turned upside down (see our Matchbox Art page for an example of invertible images).