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Baby Pictures

Babies are an often used symbol for “new,” as in the New Year’s Baby. But they’re also objectified for many other visual needs, such as “victim.” Here are two babies from ads in the same 1938 magazine.

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Illustrators And Their Models

I recently wrote a story about the illustrator Howard Chandler Christy’s relationship with his model. Coincidentally, I stumbled across this piece from a 1938 issue of Focus, which is on the same subject.

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Stimulating The Economy

The 1930s magazine More Business was produced by the printing industry to stimulate merchants and manufacturers to use letterpress for all their promotion needs. And they used some excellent cover artists. Take a look at several covers.

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Weekend Heller: Baseman in Asia

Gary Baseman is opening his new major museum exhibition, “The Door is Always Open,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. It’s the most comprehensive look into his career to date.

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A Close Shave

Those of us who savor razor packaging must have a name — razoficiando or blade-maven. This is one of them from the late ’40s.

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Watch Where You’re Going

Explore two sensational newspapers, La Tribuna from Italy (1950s) and Radar from France (1960s) that take the voyeurism of pain to its logical extreme.

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What Underground Really Means

I like to say I worked for the “underground press” during the late 1960s. But despite the primitive working conditions and equipment, there was little in common with the men and women who risked their lives producing contraband underground papers during Nazi occupation of Europe.

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Making Bach The Hottest App

John Carlin, creator of the Red Hot and Blue series of music compilations, answers several questions about his free app, Red Hot + Bach.

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Fortunato’s Lively Arts

Fortunato Depero enlivened the universe with his comical figurative abstractions. Explore his work.