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Masquerading Artists

The 1951 Improvisations program for the Artists Equity Masquerade Ball includes artwork by the likes of Isabel Bishop and many more artists. Take a look inside this limited edition program.

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You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

At the turn of the century Mon. J. Filiatre, drawing from ancient methods and revealing them in 128 photographs (some included here), teaches the world “les sciences utiles” of hypnotism.

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Stars and Barbs

Mirko Ilic created this poster and billboard for 8th Festival of Tolerance – Jewish Film Festival for the 25th Anniversary presentation of Schindler’s List.

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A Clever Magazine of the Right

Il Borghese was a uniquely well designed (particularly the covers) revista (magazine) representing the right wing of Italian politics in the postwar period. Learn more about it and look inside.

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When Money Was Just Dough

Notgeld (“emergency” or “necessity money”) refers to money issued by cities in Germany and Austria during the 1920s, a period of rapid and rabid inflation. Here are several examples.

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Hamilton Woodtype Goes Retail

Hamilton Ink Spot is the first venture to which Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum lends its name. Based in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Hamilton is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With …

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What’s In Your Wallet?

Wallets aren’t merely receptacles of identification, credit cards and cash. They reveal a lot about the carrier. Take a peek inside Steven Heller’s.

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Math and Science Italiane

Italian education is pretty good. Partly because the publications used by students are so appealing. Explore a few examples.

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Three Italian Nameplates

While recently picking through the surprisingly meager stacks of Italian ephemera in the flea markets, I came across a veritable history of masthead types. Take a closer look.