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Show Us Your Stinkin’ Matches

I’ve written about matchbox labels in this space before (see here and here) because it’s incredible that there are so many, so varied and so small. The latter is key. How do you fit so much into such a tiny space?

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Do You Swear to Tell the Truth

You could imagine my surprise when on a sunny April day in 1969, I was served with a subpoena to appear before a State of New York grand jury. Actually it wasn’t me exactly, it was one of the three pseudonyms I used on the masthead of The New York Review of Sex (and Politics) also known by its partnership name, the New York Seed Company.

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Give My Regards to Broadway

Broadway is the Art Deco typeface. Not just a pastiche of the era, but the actual face designed in 1928 by Morris Fuller Benton.

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Before Cigarette Warning Labels

Before cigarette warning labels, tobacco products were sold loose, in plugs or in bags sealed with a product name or brand mark printed on a tiny tin tag or clasp. Explore several examples and their history.

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Visit Crimea’s Resorts

There has clearly been a great deal of conversation surrounding Crimea. Learn more about this city’s role in Intourist, the former Soviet tourism arm.

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An Engraver of Soviet Leaders and Armenian Crosses

The iconic Soviet Constructivists, Productivists and Social Realists are well known to many of us, but the majority of Soviet propaganda artists, writers and designers remain more or less in the shadows of history, if not entirely anonymous. Discover Hrachia Stepanyan and his art.

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MFA: Master of Fascist Artlessness

This isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank. An art school that promotes Nazi ideology is scheduled to open in Chile, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.