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Fortunato’s Lively Arts

Fortunato Depero enlivened the universe with his comical figurative abstractions. Explore his work.

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Weekend Heller: This Means War!

“War and Propaganda 14/18”, a new exhibition, provides insight into the broad spectrum of mass manipulation in everything from posters to children’s toys carried out during the period in question.

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What Will They Think of Next?

Introducing the turducken of envelopes. The Du-Plex Two-In-One Envelopes was the best way to send Printed Matter (cheap) and a letter for around the same price.

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How The West Was Won

These Beadle’s Frontier novelettes were also known as “dime novels,” and were also fodder for racist exceptionalism, the kind of misconceptions that have long hindered racial and ethnic harmony in the big melting pot.

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A Maker Blot

Here, I explore advertising blotters, which were an excellent, functional way to promote a product or idea.

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Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher

Niko Courtelis is a creative director, filmmaker, and, says the Kat Ran Press, “a butcher of stamps.” Learn more about his book that collects his creative work.

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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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You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

At the turn of the century Mon. J. Filiatre, drawing from ancient methods and revealing them in 128 photographs (some included here), teaches the world “les sciences utiles” of hypnotism.