History

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The Times Art Director, 1916-1934

Jeff Roth, researcher extraordinaire, found this obituary for Edward Nelson Dart, former "New York Times" art director and layout man.

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Friends Before Facebook

These children's books—published on the eve of American involvement in World War II—reveal the mindset of the times on the cultural, social and demographic make-up of the U.S.

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How Abstract Art Made Us Clean

Booklets issued by decency groups in the 1950s did their best to contain salacious content, and one of the graphic design methods was abstract illustration.

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This Could Be Us

In Nazi Germany, the Aryan certificate (Ariernachweis) was a document certifying that a person was a member of the Aryan race (or not).

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Barney Rosset’s Vision

Last month saw the publication of an autobiography about iconoclast publisher Barney Rosset, "Rosset: My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship."

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Sutnar Sings the Body Geometric

Ladislav Sutnar created a series called the Venus paintings, which although they echo Pop Art of the '60s, were exercises in geometric construction.