Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What's up with those keys??

Some letter keys from vintage typewriters have an additional symbol shown -

How did this work on the old typewriters? If you have ever looked closely at most antique machines, you can see that each striker has the upper case and lower case version of each key - which version is typed depends on whether you are holding the Shift key.

But some typewriters had three markings - the upper case key (for instance, N) the lower case key (n) and a symbol or number - in this case, the colon or : key. For the capital N, hold down the CAP (capital) key. For the symbol, hold down the FIG (for figure) key.

Some keys had no letters but three symbols -

Of course, some typewriters used the opposite approach - the same symbol would be typed no matter where the typewriter's carriage was held. In that case, only one symbol was needed on the key -

The triple strikers can make for some fun keys - be sure to visit to see them all!

Friday, May 24, 2013

This time of year means the end of school - and time to look for presents for teachers, grads and dads. If you need an affordable teacher present, consider a pair of earrings - fractions for the math teacher, or punctuation symbols for the English teacher

For the grad or dad, consider a pair of personalized earrings or cufflinks:

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