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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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Weekend Heller: Sutnar Online

The soon-to-be reopened Cooper Hewitt Museum chronicles Ladislav Sutnar, the Czech / American graphic designer and information design innovator, on its brand new website. It features images from the Sutnar Archive and a video where I interview Radislav Sutnar, son …

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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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Baby Pictures

Babies are an often used symbol for “new,” as in the New Year’s Baby. But they’re also objectified for many other visual needs, such as “victim.” Here are two babies from ads in the same 1938 magazine.

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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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Stimulating The Economy

The 1930s magazine More Business was produced by the printing industry to stimulate merchants and manufacturers to use letterpress for all their promotion needs. And they used some excellent cover artists. Take a look at several covers.

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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.