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It's commonly held that a smell can transport us anywhere in time. And that's undeniably true. But time travel is not the exclusive province of the nose. The eyes can take us on quite a ride, too.

For me, it can be as simple as spying an old typeface. The mere shape of long-out-of-style letters can dislodge an attic full of memories. There was a time when these letters were fresh and new and a sign of modernity. Now they are reminders that all things grow old.

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The Shape of Things
January 2010