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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.

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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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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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19 of the Best Book Covers of 2014

We know, we know. You should never judge a book by its cover. But looking at this set, it’s damn hard not to. Here are 19 of our 2014 favorites that are in stores or on the way.

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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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Design Vs. Illustration

Look inside this 1932 issue of Printing Art, a trade journal, that felt trouble a-brewin’ in the fields of design and illustration.