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Mexico’s Two-Way Street

In the '30s, the Mexican Travel Board's job was to entice more travelers from the US, and it did so through stylized graphic design and typography.


Weekend Heller: Old Book, Fresh Ideas

Those of you reading may not know that 18 years ago, at the height of the design writing wave, Allworth Press and the AIGA published "Design Culture."


Extra Sweet Eye Candy

A vintage wrapper lover could overdose on candy wrappers produced in France during the Deco era.


What’s the Animal Atop Your Lip?

Did you know that those slivers of fur on men’s upper lips, those fuzzy-wuzzies called mustaches, actually have names? Like pets. I recently came across this Voila display of the little demons and was interested to learn that Hitler’s sliver of a stash was somewhere between the Mouche and Chaplin. Then there is the...


Draw Me a Bath …

Some of the most well-crafted watercolors I've seen are the water closets for plumbing catalogs, like this one for The United States Sanitary Mfg Co.


More Sign Language

Steven Heller examines George Steere's 1905 price list of sign letters.


Take Off Your Jacket …

Dust jackets from the 1930s and '40s that survived are indeed now worn and tattered. But they are also fascinating indicators of graphic style and form.