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1970s Peter Max Three-Ring School Binder

I’ve written about pop artist Peter Max before, but I wanted to share this Max-related item with you. And it’s just in time for back-to-school! Peter Max’s signature pop art style was everywhere in the late 1960s and early 70s. With this item, kids could attend school with their own Peter Max designed three-ring binder. […]
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The Midsummer Number – August, St. Nicholas Magazine Illustration by Hampe

Theodore Michael Hampe was a watercolorist (1877-1965) whose art of whimsical scenes of fairies fit in well with a popular magazine for children in the 19th century. The magazine was called St. Nicholas and featured stories, poetry and articles. Hampe illustrated this cover for the August 1896 issue.
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Operation Sail 1976 Poster by Dong Kingman

I have very fond memories of attending the Tall Ships Parade in New York in 1976. The event was called Operation Sail 1976 and was held during the United States Bicentennial. This poster marks the occasion. It was designed by the late Dong Kingman. Kingman was a Chinese-American watercolor artist whose work is now shown […]
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Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, Austria

This snowy winter photo is of Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment building in Vienna, Austria that was designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Its playful design of uneven floors, colorful facade and biomorphic forms are reminiscent of Spanish architect Antoni Gaud√≠. This particular building contains private apartments and offices. It was built between 1983 and 1985 with the […]
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Andy Warhol-inspired Campbell’s Soup Cans

Fifty years ago Andy Warhol started using Campbell Tomato Soup Cans in his art. Now, the soup company has released a set of limited-edition soup cans inspired by the Pop artist. The set of 4 cans are available for a limited time only at Target stores. Campbell Soup says only 1.2 million cans are for […]
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Al Hirschfeld Draws the Cast from ‘The HoneyMooners’ TV Show

Al Hirschfeld and icons from American TV, film and Broadway went together like a horse-and-carriage. Hirschfeld’s simple black and white line drawings were fixtures in the Arts section of the Sunday New York Times for decades. Any actor or actress knew they made it when Hirschfeld put pen to paper. The above caricature was drawn […]
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Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

I’m reading a fantastic new book about the history of fonts. It’s called Just My Type and is by Simon Garfield. Many of us take for granted or don’t realize the variety of fonts we confront in our everyday lives. But, typeface can make an impact or generate feelings we may not realize. I first […]
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Industrial Designers Honored on U.S. Postage Stamps

I love industrial design and was so happy the United States Post Office issued this set of stamps honoring some of the pioneers of American industrial design. Twelve designers are featured. They include: Henry Dreyfus (1904-1972): Known for his telephone design, specifically the Model 302 Bell telephone. Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958): Designed radios for the […]
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Willi’s Wine Bar Paris Poster by A.M. Cassandre

On Saturday I purchased this beautiful framed poster at a local thrift store. I paid $10 for it. (This very poster retails for $200 to $300!). It was printed in limited quantities (1000) back in 1983, but the graphic dates back much earlier. It was designed in 1935 by artist A.M. Cassandre (real name Adolphe […]
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