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The Art of VD Protection

Steven Heller interviews Ryan Mungia about his first venture into print publishing, “Protect Yourself: Veneral Disease Posters of World War II,” which sheds light in the shadows of wartime behavior.

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Overcoming Graphic Malaise

This selling tool for American Crayon Company vividly shows how modernism transformed the ordinary graphic malaise of the 1930s, ’40s and early ’50s.

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All The News That Fits

The New York Times was first published as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. It’s America’s oldest daily. It was quite a different paper: “We shall be Conservative,” wrote its Republican publisher, Henry Jarvis Raymond, “in all cases …

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Lucian Bernhard On Stage

On May 27, I ran a short piece about Lucian Bernhard’s cover (below) for the Radio City Music Hall program from 1936. Here is another program cover.

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Show Cards Reprised

“Please Come to the Show” is a catalog for an exhibition of invitation cards and flyers from two previous MoMA exhibitions. Steven Heller speaks with David Senior, editor of the book for more.

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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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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 …