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Shoes, Jam, Mosquitoes

These posters are from the period of Dutch advertising design between the wars, when Holland exhibited as vibrant an advertising culture as the rest of Europe — and obviously using many of the same graphic idioms as the rest of Europe.

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Corporate Generosity

Explore the Phoenix Metal Cap Co.’s unique in-house magazine, Phoenix Flame. Its editor, who went by the name of HIG, was assisted by illustrator/designer Elmer Jacobs and was a delightful anomaly in the worlds of big business.

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Before Global Warming

Before the myth of global warming became to real to ignore, selling anti-freeze to the public was no less challenging. Here are several ads from the 1930s for this seasonal product.

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A Dog-Gone Good Campaign

Illustrator Mark Ulriksen reveals why he’s taking advantage of Kickstarter campaigns in publishing his new book.

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Market-Driven Typography

The Century Advertising Service located on Madison Ave in New York City was one of many similar studios that prepared pre-designed adverts for business, in this case the food industry. Take a closer look at their work.

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The Interior Warhol

Everybody knows that Andy Warhol was a commercial illustrator. And a good one too, as these covers from 1953-54 for Interiors magazine reveal.

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In My Drawers

I have found long forgotten correspondence. The letters, cards and envelopes in this post are from my Times years.

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Write Good English

Penmanship is a thing of the past. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, penmanship and letter drawing was the society and business standard.