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Ampersands in the World

The ampersand has survived from ancient origins to the present day, where its usage is ubiquitous, and stylistically varied. In this slideshow, we train our lenses on the logogram's incarnations in everyday life. You can help add to our exhibit by sending photos of the curious character to ampersand@pw.org.

  • 1 of 29A Case for an Ampersand
    Credit: Marc Johns

    A Case for an Ampersand

  • 2 of 29Ampersand Album Cover
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    Ampersand Album Cover

  • 3 of 29Ampersand Bag on the Street
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    Ampersand Bag on the Street

  • 4 of 29Ampersand Bookend
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    Ampersand Bookend

  • 5 of 29Ampersand Butterfly
    Credit: Gary Barwin

    Ampersand Butterfly

    From a series of ampersand images created by visual poet Gary Barwin.

  • 6 of 29Ampersand Eye Chart
    Credit: Doug Wilson

    Ampersand Eye Chart

  • Ampersand in Script

    From an 1843 letter posted on the Smithsonian Institution Archives blog.

  • 8 of 29Ampersand in Title
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    Ampersand in Title

    A book cover image sent to us by a Poets & Writers Magazine reader.

  • 9 of 29Ampersand Journal
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    Ampersand Journal

  • 10 of 29Ampersand Magazine Box
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    Ampersand Magazine Box

  • 11 of 29Ampersand Sculpture
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    Ampersand Sculpture

  • 12 of 29Ampersand Signage
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    Ampersand Signage

  • 13 of 29Ampersand Tattoo
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    Ampersand Tattoo

  • 14 of 29Ampersand Tote
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    Ampersand Tote

  • 15 of 29Ampersand Wedding Cake
    Credit: Camellia Cosgray, Marc McKee

    Ampersand Wedding Cake

    A wedding cake decorated with, naturally, ampersands.

  • 16 of 29Balloon Ampersand
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    Balloon Ampersand

  • 17 of 29Et
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    Et

    Here the ampersand closely resembles the word it represents, et, Latin for and.

  • 18 of 29Evolution of the Ampersand
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    Evolution of the Ampersand

  • 19 of 29Food Truck Ampersand
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    Food Truck Ampersand

  • 20 of 29Illustrated Ampersand

    Illustrated Ampersand

  • 21 of 29Kindle Cover Ampersand
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    Kindle Cover Ampersand

  • 22 of 29Lego Ampersand
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    Lego Ampersand

  • 23 of 29Monty Python Ampersand
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    Monty Python Ampersand

  • 24 of 29Multilingual Ampersand

    Multilingual Ampersand

    An ampersand containing one hundred fifty translations of the word and.

  • 25 of 29Painted Ampersand
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    Painted Ampersand

  • 26 of 29Real Estate Ampersand
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    Real Estate Ampersand

  • 27 of 29Subway Ampersand
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    Subway Ampersand

  • 28 of 29Subway Map as Ampersand

    Subway Map as Ampersand

  • 29 of 29Wooden Ampersand
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    Wooden Ampersand

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