Chicago Tribune cultural critic Julia Keller reflects on the 50th anniversary of the IBM Selectric typewriter, which is being honored with a commemorative stamp. [Does anyone remember the ORATOR font?]
She writes: Fifty years ago this month, an electric typewriter called the Selectric was introduced by IBM. To celebrate the birth of a device that changed not only business practices but also our ideas of how utilitarian objects can double as eye candy, the United States Postal Service has released a new stamp featuring the Selectric.
And in a bit of symmetry that befits a natty gadget such as the Selectric, the woman who designed the stamp — the aforementioned Derry Noyes — is the daughter of the man who gave the Selectric its captivating contours: Eliot Noyes (1910-1977), celebrated American architect and industrial designer.
Arnie Cooper, writing in the Wall Street Journal, has an update on Afghanistan’s giant Buddhas, which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.
Peace for London’s Pearlies? Alistair MacDonald writes about it in the Wall Street Journal.
A jury in Philadelphia found that the U.S. did not act illegally in seizing gold coins from a woman who said they belonged to her late father. AP via Washington Post.
The 38-acre site of the proposed United States National Slavery Museum is being sold at a tax auction, with more than $215,000 overdue. Kate Taylor in the New York Times.
Jodie Jacobs, writing in the Chicago Tribune, takes a look at the upcoming Jewish Heritage Day being honored in Europe on Sept. 4.