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Art, Guns and Power

Steven Heller talks with Henry Brimmer about his 2014 ArtPrize entry—a commentary on our post-9/11 lives and the freedoms that now hang in the balance.

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Putting the Spin On Police Work

Steven Heller looks back at the way police were portrayed circa 1932 via the Parker Brothers board game “Calling All Cars.”

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Shanghai’s Creative Evolution

These advertising posters for cigarettes, liquor and more by Xie Xing Long showcase the so-called “Calendar Girls” that were so prevalent in the ’20s and ’30s.

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America First!!

Steven Heller looks at Thomas W. Jackson’s “See America First”—a series of “joke” books that highlighted the country’s racialist, ethnicist and regionalist distinctions.

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Ooooh La L’Auto

Steven Heller takes a look at the lifestyle-infused vintage advertisements for the automobile manufacturer Renault.

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American Sikh

Steven Heller interviews Vishavjit Singh about the path that led him to create Sikhtoons.com—and about his identity as a Sikh in the post-9/11 U.S.

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Vapor Salve and Thermal Wool

The art of graphic salesmanship has evolved smartly in just 100 years. But look at these 1930s point of purchase displays for some rather bizarre personal care products.

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Weekend Heller: Star Light, Star Bright

Hear from Nancy Rouemy, Principal of We Live Type Ltd who worked with celebrity photographer Jeff Vespa to create the new book The Art of Discovery. The book’s photos are stunning and the format is handsome, especially its typographic scheme.

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Man or Maestro

Maëstro was a cigar. The Maëstro-man was a proto-Marlborough-like character who strode above the logo in die-cut points of purchase like this one.