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

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

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

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

A wedding cake decorated with, naturally, ampersands.

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

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