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Weekend Heller: Radical Toothbrush, Arab Symbol

Leen Sader has not reinvented the wheel, but she has a green option for the standard toothbrush. Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project opens on September 8. Learn more in this edition of the Weekend Heller.

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Tightly Stitched Fashion for Women

Before they were even enfranchised, women were tightly stitched from hair to toe. Imprisoned in their own bodies, these were what passed for liberating fashions in 1893 — just 120 years ago.

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Stamping Out Unemployment

The depression saw the rise and fall of the largest number of unemployed ever. Photographers served as documentary propagandists. Graphic designers also played a role.

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Vive La Liberation!

Have you wondered what it would be like to have your city liberated from enemy occupation? Those living in 1944 during the liberation de Paris would have had that experience.

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Le sac Français

Le sac (the bag) has long been a popular venue for commercial advertising in la belle France. Not so different from here, except le sac Françia.

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The Century 21 of Kimono Design

In a world where everything looks the same in terms of big-retail fashion, it’s refreshing to come across this catalog of Japanese Kimono designs.

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The Spearmen are Dear Men, Buy Gum

Before the Doublemint Twins put Wrigley’s gum in America’s mouths and minds of gum-chewing millions, the trade characters that most stuck as effective mnemonics were the Spearmen

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History For The Price Of Peanuts

I can’t say I think of Planters’ Mr. Peanut as a source of historical data, but this colorful little “Paint Book” from 1935 would seem to indicate otherwise.