For today's post, one of my favorite words: ampersand. Today I read a great little article on the ampersand and its origin. I knew "ampersand" came from "and per se and," but I didn't know why. Below, an excerpt.
The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand.
Of all the fantastic art and design I see every day, nothing has made me smile as genuinely as this: Child's Own Studio, where stuffed animals are created from a child's drawing. Look at the images. Need I say more?
Press 65 is back from vacation and the first post-Brazil blog post is this: retrofuturistic computer keyboards!
Aside from a great descriptive slogan, USB Typewriter provides an awesome way to merge your modern technology with your love for the old!
If the the typewriters available in his Etsy shop are not really your style, fret not. Also available is a DIY kit for converting your favorite typewriter into a USB keyboard. Super :)