Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shift

I had finished all my work for the day and I started walking around my classroom looking at all the typewriters on shelves. My eye was drawn to the lowly shift key. So much depends on the shift. A new sentence cannot begin without it. Passions are expressed with shift. The greatest questions of our lives are echoed only with the shift key. 


A shift in perception.


Graveyard shift.


Leftist shift.


Paradigm shift.


A comfortable shift.


Clearly a shift to the right.

8 comments:

  1. Neat. You could use the images as a test to see who can identify the typewriter that is attached to the shift key.

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  2. Especially in German, the Shift Key, or Umschalttaste, is indispensable.

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  3. Best are those shift keys whose legend, or insert, is that of a rebuilding company, or dealer- they're often very different and colorful. Which reminds me that I did see a ring on e-Bay made from a shift key whose insert said "Harry A. Smith Typewriter Company." Nauseating.

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    1. I think that those advertising inserts are very interesting. It seems to me if you wanted to slap some sort of ad on a typewriter that would be the least offensive way to do it. As for making a ring with any typewriter key...you are absolutely right.

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  4. Don't forget the freedom to shift however you choose. A very American sentiment this election season...

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  5. I love the comparison of various shift keys. You are absolutely right. Next to the space bar, the shift key is one of the most important keys on a typewriter. Then again, they are all important, aren't they?

    Thanks for this!

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