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Inhumanity Depicted

In the ongoing war against war, photo books, such as "Nazi Hel" and "Bombardeos Aereos En España," have proven effective evidence in indicting perpetrators and aggressors.

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Sketchy Rand

Paul Rand was an inveterate sketcher, often during lulls in the day but also when he was searching for a design solution.

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Ethnographic Branding

Years ago I found these vintage labels for cosmetics targeted at African American men and women by Valmor Products of Chicago.

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Vanity Fair, 1861

The first incarnation of "Vanity Fair" reflects on a key battle of the American Civil War.

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Children Love Art

These sublime vintage advertisements for Müller Gum arabic adhesive reveal the child's fascinating facility with things artistic.

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Oy Vey!!! It’s Him!!!

Steven Heller looks at German author Timur Vermes' "Look Who's Back," a stinging satire in which Hitler wakes up in 2014.