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Rumpus Room love

Shame? Shame! There is no shame to be had for loving in the rumpus room. Or for loving Rumpus Room, really. (Rumpus Room was the name of my zine from the early 90s, as well as the name of...

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Psycho Sixteen

In this flyer I made for my friend Lynn's 16th birthday party, we can see that I was playing aorund with this punky, pre-digital, cut-n-paste aesthetic ages ago. This was 1988 when I was 17, just about to head...

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She was a boozer, a user and a loser

...and I miss her. Jerri Blank, we salute you!...

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5 easy ways to overcome shyness

So far, however, none of these have worked....

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So many wishes

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Popular Slut Club

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The secret revealed!

gifake: Captain America (1966)...

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Me and my rhythm box

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Good advice

I should take it more often....

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Spin cycle

gifake: Wonder Woman (1975-79)  ...

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A little perspective

Your teaching moment for today. [via Mass Mirage]...

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Eleganza!

I need a wardrobe update. [via Retrozone]...

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Overlook Hotel, July 4th Ball, 1921

fanboygaymerjunk: Happy 4th of July from The Overlook Hotel Also, happy 80th birthday to my amazing Dad!...

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Topical social issues

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Bionic Dreams

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Treasures from the attic

About five years ago, when I was getting ready to move to England and take another crack at grad school, I was starting to worry about what to do with all my stuff. I'd surrendered many treasures as I downsized...

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View from above

fuckyeahvintage-retro: Vertical view of Manhattan over 10,000 feet high. July 1944....

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Street Life, 1960s

[via I Am So Retro]...

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Childhood dreams

I've been trying to be diligent about duplicating here what goes into my Tumblr feeds now that I've pulled the old stuff into the archives, but this time it makes more sense to combine these three posts into one. As...

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DC Stock Art Color Swatches

This is relevant to a variety of my interests. [via From Beyond the Unknown]...

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No kid should do without

Guns are fun!...

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Ladies & Gents

Quite a bargain on Balls Pond Road, Dalston...

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The most likely prospect

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Want.

[InAisce, via the Fashionisto]...

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The Art of the Book Jacket

wordsandeggs: The Art of the Book Jacket, front and back cover design by Hans Tisdall. From the 1949 exhibit catalog for The Art of the Book Jacket at the Victoria & Albert Museum in England. From FullTable, via the always...

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This ain't her first time at the rodeo

ginandpearls: Joan Crawford Will Kill Your Fucking Ass by Oh The Humanatee...

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Girls and their costumes

comicallyvintage: Girls and their costumes....

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3 Scissors

numberoftheday: matchindia073 (by pilllpat (agence eureka))...

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Edie

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P.S.A.

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Starfleet catering

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Grooming

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Noted.

picofthegay: The moment Superman figured Batman out....

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Fantastic Feast

fanboygaymerjunk: Marvel Superheroes Cookbook (1977)...

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Univers Devanagari

Univers Devanagari by Adrian Frutiger and Mahendra Patel...

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Are you a perfect Tarzan?

touchoflavender: take note boys and step on the pedestal...

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The Power Amp

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From the scrapbook

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Daredevil at rest

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The pretty one

mosshh: God save Rory....

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Too easy

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The cavalcade of perversion

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From the scrapbook

[via Comic Book Cartography]...

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Overlooked masterpiece

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Dream home

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Future of Web Design

Ubelly’s been doing sketch notes of the talks at the Future of Web Design conference. This includes their take-away from my talk about web fonts....

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Arcadia

myfavourite-veryeclectic-things: arcádia, candyshop, porto...

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The big red book

All this stuff I’ve been writing about webfonts just makes me want to crack open a dusty old specimen book and enjoy some ink on paper....

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Mike's Tattooing

rubyredglitterpumps: Tattoo Shop from the 1950s...

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The Tingler!

theniftyfifties: Poster art for The Tingler, 1959....

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Neurotic happiness

wiionme: “Psychiatry taught me that you have to come up with your own version of neurotic happiness. I’m never going to be a normal person. No one changes, no one gets better — once you make friends with your neuroses...

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"Bob"

thizizit: happy happy happy...

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From the scrapbook

wordsandeggs: From Gately’s Universal Education, 1883-1886. Via Sheaff Ephemera....

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Yes, just like this

twentypercentcooler: How Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Create Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1)...

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More kaftans

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Discreet

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Grooming

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From the scrapbook

stewf: Creepy characters from Trade Marks, 1910-1913...

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Under a dollar

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My dream

pxduce: this is the hair i want....

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Covers of Indian 45s

These few samples are just a small portion of a gorgeous stack of covers for old 45s (well, some are 33rpm records of the same size) that my pal Erin (the amazing Hindi Rinny) was given while we were travelling...

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Black boys, Penny?

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How he became a millionaire playboy

‘They figured it would sell for at least $100,000. Well, the auction was yesterday, and it sold for $448,125, making it “the single most valuable piece of American comic art to ever sell.”’...

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Fin.

morbidsouls: Flickr...

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I'm going home

comicallyvintage: Oh, those New York weekends!...

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Dream home

OK, suddenly I have a new concept for how I want my room to look when I move. sissydudeomen2: (via cool rooms)...

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From the scrapbook

retrogasm: Wonder Woman looks bored…...

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The people are not free

pleasureunit: Red Women’s Workshop was a screen printing workshop run as a women’s collective between c1974 and the early 1990s. It was a radical campaigning and publicising organisation fully committed to the ideals of the second wave feminist movement....

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All I want to do is shake my turban

It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true...

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Dreamboat

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Book casa

Once again, the awesome building near a friend’s house in Holland. This time, it’s the one around the corner from Type Mafia headquarters. bookoasis: Building in Amsterdam West, designed with ceramic books (by andrevanb)...

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From the scrapbook

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Gilley's

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So much sparkle!

jonnodotcom: Love Boat Follies (1982): “A rarely seen clip, and perhaps Merman’s final film performance, this is Ethel Merman, Ann Miller, Carol Channing and Della Reese performing ‘I’m The Greatest Star’ from Funny Girl on an episode of ‘The...

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Domino plant, Williamsburg

retrotrend: Sweet!...

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Physical Graffiti

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Take the AA train

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Traveling Man

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Black Canary

docshaner: Alex Toth, Adventure Comics #418...

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Superheroines

jbacardi: Fred Hembeck rules....

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Electro-Tutor

wordsandeggs: Electro-Tutor! It’s like the game Operation, but for maps! From today’s French Friday post HERE....

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Soulmate

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Us do opposite of all earthly things!

This actually works pretty well for most of the protagonists in John Waters films, too....

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Donut Queen

I've been called worse. iheartchaos: I AM THE DONUT QUEEN I CAN DO ANYTHING...

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The Heiress

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Player's

adventures-of-the-blackgang: shop front...

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Power couple

philnoto: Black Canary/Green Arrow - Esquire July 1972...

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Fantastic achievement

eightface: Congratulations (Taken with instagram)...

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Noise pollution

publiccollectors: An anti-noise poster designed by Müller-Brockman, Switzerland. Scanned from Graphic design: visual comparisons by Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes and Bob Gill,Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, 1964....

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Otter

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Candy you can eat

I need to just embrace my inner Etta Candy and accept my prospects. teaviant: I love wonder woman so fucking much. “my constitution has lots of room for amendments”...

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From the scrapbook

justgoodtattoos: Jason Vaughn Fucking dope!...

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Bionic Showdown

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Hair envy

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If...

sissydudeomen2: (via richard warwick as wallace in “if”)...

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Dirty old man

dailydirtydiary: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN WATERS!...

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Teen fags rule this hood

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Goddess

Retro Future Realness...

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Not many people can cha cha cha

retrogasm: Dance the Ska brought to you by Red Stripe beer…...

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Maya

susiesnapshot: Catherine Schell, Space:1999, 1976...

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Acres of tattoos

gutterphenomenon: (1940 Life Magazine, via Rivet Head) See more here...

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The TV Party!

jockohomo: The Lost Art of The Hip Hop Flyer - Talk about “original street art”, using extinct tools and resources like Rub on Letters, Wax Machines, Exacto Knives, Graph Paper and Photocopiers, you had to have some serious SKILLZ to...

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Spandex party

Wow, remember when Byrne didn’t destroy everything you loved? elektrao: Byrne X-Men...

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House Industries sticks it

I have been wrapping EVERYTHING with this stuff lately. wordsandeggs: Letter tape from House Industries, via Design*Sponge....

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Perennial Favorites

Batgirl vs. Spider-Woman by George Perez...

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Damn her!

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Alpine Ski 29

numberoftheday: Alpine Ski (by Boldover Design)...

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Are we not men?

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Shoreditch

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Tingly

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Superrollins, pt. 2

And the flip side (via)...

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Superrollins, pt. 1

Superboy as Henry Rollins, by Rob Clarke (via)...

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Reed Richards is a dick

thecomickid: pure gold right here...

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The eyes

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Arnhem

Arnhem, the Netherlands...

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Owl

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Down with singles

Batman unfair to Batgirl! grantbridgestreet: Irv Novick....

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1963

numberoftheday: 1963 (by Skinny Ships)...

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From the scrapbook

Andre the Giant DID have a posse nicksherman: Debbie Harry & Andre The Giant...

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Oh l'amour

wordsandeggs: Andre Beato type/design, via GrainEdit....

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Art department

mudwerks: (via ILLUSTRATION ART: CONTRAST)...

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Made in Japan

wordsandeggs: Vintage Japanese Safety Match label, via Design Related/Karen Horton....

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Ride it

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Dr Linn's Bronchial Wafers

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Camp Crystal Lake

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY — March 2011...

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Gothic exercises

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Earth 2

thehappysorceress: Huntress & Power Girl by Terry Beatty...

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As of now — I quit

(via http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewsutton/4580802370)...

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Dream date

seltzerlizard: 1966 Superman Card Game (by andertoons)...

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Peggy

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CXXVI

I endorse these products, and the groovy lettering that’s on them. joncontino: Brand new season and website for my brand, CXXVI Clothing Co....

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Practically perfect

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Stretch Monster

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Snake wrangler

NYC needs Batman! schwarbage: No shit, Sherlock. “World’s Greatest Detective” right here folks....

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Hunkman

knappy-head: Hawkman v. 4, #18 (October, 2003)...

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We are family

grantbridgestreet: Curt Swan....

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Utrecht

adventures-of-the-blackgang: Utrecht; canal (1024 x 732)...

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Gujarati

wordsandeggs: Vintage matchbook cover, via Agence Eureka....

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From the scrapbook

numberoftheday: Dutch-Indian Art Exhibition in Krefeld (1906)Artist : Johann Thorn-Prikker (1868-1932)...

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Her most exciting adventures

contextisfortheweak: Back long before trade paperbacks became commonplace, this was one of the very few ways you could catch up on old stories in collected form. MMPB cover art by Joe Sinnott, adapted from the cover to Spider-Woman v.1 #1....

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Prado 264

numberoftheday: Prado 264 - Havana, Cuba (via Phil Marion)...

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All is revealed

grantbridgestreet: Jack Kirby....

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Ahemedabad

kupferschrift: Airing laundry in Ahmedabad’s Old City (by Meanest Indian)...

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Bag of Treats

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One is No. 1, one isn't

adventuresinmonotype: If you, dear reader, had manufactured two very, very different kinds of oil for your machines, would you really decide to call one of them ‘Mould Oil’ and the other ‘Mould Oil No.1’?...

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Sturdy pants

sissydudeomen2: (via “I thought the placement of the hole was strange” - mr. simpson)...

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Inspector

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Completion

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Meat Team

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A golden age

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Hey ladies

whoareyou-: Women of Marvel by Ramona Fradon and Mike Allred...

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Good times....

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Witness the magic

Witness the magic at 3:07: fishheadned: My pal Dan (at ultrasparky.tumblr.com and pinkmince.tumblr.com) told me over the weekend that Justin Bieber and John Waters met on a talk show in the UK, and that somewhere out there was a picture...

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Career Girl

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From the scrapbook

retrogasm: Sparky says… via...

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Come on everybody!

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Thematic programming

chrisafer: GPOY taste edition...

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Slash

jockohomo: Irreverence You Can Almost Touch -“The most disposable yet fascinating of all magazines are the small do-it-yourself, photocopied or offset-printed fanzines. Before Web sites and blogs, these zines were a bridge between mainstream magazines and personal newsletters. Well, maybe...

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Newman

attila-the-hunny: According to information provided by Navy Personnel Command and the Naval Historical Center, the future blue-eyed actor enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 22, 1943 — four days before his 18th birthday — with the hopes of becoming an...

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Windmills of my mind

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Endorsed

joncontino: For sale at Doane Paper tomorrow!...

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Loopy Lois

Really, though, this is pretty much where silver-age Lois was heading the whole time burnhazard: Comics Make No Sense: Vibrators and Spankings Thursday!...

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It's Tricky

retrogasm: Let’s color Nixon…...

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Ad Men

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Non-canon

retrogasm: Yes…Super Friends…...

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Feelings, yeah?

Happy Valentine’s Day!...

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No one to send it to....

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From the scrapbook

lenebecreepin: :D...

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Mabel, Mabel

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PLINC

A personal favourite in my collection. Sigh, if only SOMEONE could make it possible to use these designs. (via kariusbaktus)...

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Protest

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From the scrapbook

wordsandeggs: Simon Walker, via Grain Edit. I love PBS....

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New Romantic

silverwig: D Squared...

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From the scrapbook

retrogasm: Spam Cakes...

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Norrin Radd

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S'Truth

comicallyvintage: In This Issue....

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From the scrapbook

via retrogasm...

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Doubts Even Here

heyoscarwilde: art by Daniel Clowes | scanned from Ice Haven | Pantheon Books | 2005...

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From the scrapbook

rrrick: Batman mask for Rrrick :)...

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From the scrapbook

questionableadvice: Scot Tissue, 1926, via Vintage Ads “Peculiarly adapted to the needs of women of intuitive daintiness.”...

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Parenting made easy, thanks to Dawn Davenport

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Cap

peepshowcreepshow: Cap & Bucky....

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From the scrapbook

velvetforest: Hairspray John Waters 1988...

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Just Super

Old friends, courtesy of Sam Levine...

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From the scrapbook

WANT. laureola: » Etsy :: Numeric Glasses...

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From the scrapbook

burnhazard: Golden Age Comic Book Stories Big Little Books - an assortment Published by Whitman & Saalfield ~ 1930’s-40’s...

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A pal of mine did that calligraphy that’s all over Colby Keller

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From the scrapbook

Thanks, Sissydude...

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From the scrapbook

Graffiti on the Temple of Dendur...

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From the scrapbook

contextisfortheweak: MARVEL LEGACY: THE 1960s HANDBOOK Ain’t no school like the old school....

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From the scrapbook

blueguitar: it’s what’s for dinner!...

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From the scrapbook

mudwerks: 13: Welcome to THE HOUSE OF TERROR!!...

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From the scrapbook

blitznglitz: wooooork...

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From the scrapbook

jockohomo: From my own collection, Ron Wilson and Frank Giacoia The Complete Fantastic Four #2 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1977). This thrilling cover was penciled by Ron Wilson and inked by Frank Giacoia for a Marvel British publication. The art...

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From the scrapbook

gingrwhingr: AWH CRAP...

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From the scrapbook

drawnblog: “Whale of a Convention” (by K. James+ Add Contact) The clean graphics, type choices, and faded, distressed ink on this 1955 periodical are a beautiful combination....

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Advanced Food Science

Americans will always be fatter — and always have stoners better able to satisfy an onset of the munches — because of the advanced food science and the relentless marketing that brings out stuff like this: England, you may have...

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From the scrapbook

trashytravels: Bizarre Magazine takes us inside John Waters’ mansion And if you want an extended tour: Check out the December 2010 issue to see extra pics and more of the interview Check out John Waters: Place Space Check out Kings...

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Sanctum sanctorum

I always get a kick out of seeing things about this house, since I often stay with friends who live next door. We’re all a little obsessed with how expensive it must be to heat. laureola: Church turned home...

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From the scrapbook

Speaking of which, I also ♥ what the Typejockeys did for this concert. I was drooling over the poster before I even realized who did it....

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From the scrapbook

I ♥ the stuff the Typejockeys do so much. I’d hate them if they weren’t such good friends. wordsandeggs: Lebkuchenherz for Austrian newspaper diePresse. Via TypeJockeys, by way of WeLoveTypography....

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From the scrapbook

wordsandeggs: From Wallace Design House. More on my blog HERE....

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From the scrapbook

wordsandeggs: Between Jamalpur & Raikhad, Ahmedabad — from Meena Kadri’s streets of India series over at Design Observer....

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Oh America, you terrify me so.

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From the scrapbook

Honey, that’s Gay Bar Lesson #1. comicallyvintage: Man or Cream Puff?...

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From the scrapbook

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From the scrapbook

eccentricoddities: Tales of Terror (1962)...

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From the scrapbook

retrogasm: Boys Get ERECTor…...

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Chicklette and Concetta

misterybaby: female trouble...

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Hot!

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Helvetica

Fuck yeah Helvetica. For realz....

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Dream Home, 70s edition

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Elder wisdom

I’m sometimes surprised to have made it this far. I guess now I can attract, uh, guys who are into gerontophilia — which is a really ugly word. But, old chickens make the best soup! I prefer being a filth...

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My name is Dawn Davenport

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From the scrapbook

wordsandeggs: Via Newmanology....

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From the scrapbook

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American Idol

Childhood hero...

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From the scrapbook

kenmat: via www.bookpalace.com...

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W.F. Boelsums

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From the scrapbook

suicidewatch: Divine and John Waters...

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A young Brooklyn family

jonnodotcom: Diane Arbus — A Young Brooklyn Family Going for a Sunday Outing, N.Y.C., 1966: “Richard and Marylin Dauria with two of their three children, Richard Jr. and Dawn. They live in the Bronx, New York; they met in school...

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From the scrapbook

comicallyvintage: Tattoos: better than TV?...

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Assemble!

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Wallace Wells, Drunk Homosexual

fuckyeahwallacewells...

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Trinity

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From the scrapbook

adventures-of-the-blackgang: Great Central Railway - “To and from the Continent - Grimsby to Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp” - timetable and map folder A folder advertising the Great Central Railway’s (GCR) shipping services via Grimsby in 1912. Original...

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Photo-Lettering

numberoftheday: 1967 Photo-Lettering Alphabet Yearbook via Grain Edit...

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They know.

extranuance: Patsy and Hedy #7 (1952)...

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Sublime

adventures-of-the-blackgang: Art Direction Spanish Railways Timetable guide, 1929 Original (1706 x 2584)...

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Francine's fantasy

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By the Typejockeys

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From the scrapbook

jockohomo: Wasn’t tomorrow wonderful?...

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From the scrapbook

iconoclassic: The dirty child...

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From the scrapbook

retrogasm: This must have been awesome…...

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From the scrapbook

(via witcheswithillglitches)...

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From the scrapbook

stewf: School’s out! Found in “The Journal of True Education” (Summer, 1967)...

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From the scrapbook

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From the scrapbook

adventures-of-the-blackgang: 1947 Johnson Line brochure (composite) *click thru to see images of the interior, passenger areas and accommodations Johnson Line; Sweden(Johnsonlinjen - Rederi AB Nordstjernan) timetableimages.com...

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From the scrapbook

numberoftheday: My new fixie (by Francois de Halleux)...

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Future fashion

mikestand: Curt Swan’s model sheet for the Legion circa 1968. From the Amazing World of DC Comics#9...

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From the scrapbook

knappy-head: Sears, Christmas catalog, 1965...

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From the scrapbook

catsplamo: role model....

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Menu

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From the scrapbook

retrogasm: Xx is for X-Ray...

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From the scrapbook

comicallyvintage: Phony!...

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From the scrapbook

wordsandeggs: Vintage hotel label, via DavidGeorgePearson. More on my blog HERE....

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Filthy Christmas

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Holiday entertaining

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Dapper

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Kodachrome

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There’s no place like home

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Daily routine

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I have had this dilemma

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adventures-of-the-blackgang: T-minus 5 and counting… The mission clock in the One Mile array control room, showing universal time. This clock proved to be rather important one particular November day in 1967 when a young astronomy student by the name of...

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adventures-of-the-blackgang: Adding N to X A close-up of one of the many vintage control panels at MRAO. This one for the 4C array. Interestingly, this board relates to Analog > Digital conversion of signal traces… which is reflected in the...

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Devo

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Church house

Oh look! It’s the house next to where I’m staying (on the left, bottom pic) in Utrecht for the next couple of weeks. designismymuse: Church home for sale in Utrecht- amazing and surprising minimalistic interior in an old typology…...

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Aqua love

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Hometown

adventures-of-the-blackgang: Staten Island Ferry, New York Harbor — April, 1959...

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Woody

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adventures-of-the-blackgang: Sketches of Maine - Art Direction from the Monkeyfist collection...

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My style

I totally want these. No lie. Especially the jacket. publiccollectors: Scanned from a Summer 1969 Sears catalog. Usually I hold back on the judgment and editorializing about things I post on Public Collectors but these patriotic shopping list ensembles just...

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This season's colors

Spring 2011 here I come! publiccollectors: For your Black Friday shopping mania, some selections from the 1969 Sears Summer catalog time machine. I’m guessing this incredible look never quite took off. More scans from this publication here....

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Ramesis

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That's a bargain

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The final frontier

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Doom!

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Superstore

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The Stilla “Z” really IS kind of great, which is why I have a tattoo of it. numberoftheday: Back issues of U&lc have been made available for download from fonts.com. Page 15 from volume 1 number 2, first printed in...

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wordsandeggs: “The Tattooed Man” (1930), via Agence Eureka....

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Dust-up

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He died a hero

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Wonder Woman should know this already

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matthewlyons: vintage computing 1958 (via retro-space)...

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hedda-hopper: Rosalind Russell and Jan Handzlik, Auntie Mame (1958)...

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spandexandsportsbras: Not that it was always the woman in bondage on the covers in the 40s… Here we have Moon Girl doing the rescuing of her trussed-up sidekick....

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This seems like a really interesting approach for a magazine devoted to the work of William Addison Dwiggins. acidarmor: mattystew: homotography: WAD, The Man Issue cover yesssssssss. On a design note, OMG. I love it. Or rather, I love the...

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covermashups: Ah… the 80’s… Mashed covers: Uncanny X-Men #186 Detective Comics #422...

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jonnodotcom: David Hockney - Divine, 1979 (in “Ordinary Madness” at the Carnegie Museum of Art)...

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jockohomo: Super Rare “Bride of Frankenstein” (Universal, 1935) Teaser One Sheet Style E Movie Poster - “The tantalizing combination of rarity, quality and sheer artistry could all merge to create a world record price at public auction when the only...

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That’s my pal and former housemate, Michi from the Typejockeys, in that photo. nervousacid: Sometimes, when I feel like I’m not being a good friend, I make mixtapes as a token of my appreciation. This is one is for you...

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Bacon in a Toaster. Bacon would be prefried, then hermetically sealed in this design for a future aluminum package. One way to heat it for eating would be to drop it in the toaster; another, put in oven or broiler....

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WANT...

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leathermen: Happy V-Day, my beautiful readers...

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The great bionic leap

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Stop a war with love

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With twenty-five soldiers of lead he has conquered the world

I found this little battalion of lead army vehicles — with one little soldier crouching behind some kind of shield — hiding in the pocket of an old jacket I bought on eBay. So tiny and fascinating! It's heard...

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Suave

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covermashups: Jean and Diana. Don't know why, but I feel it works. Mashed covers: Uncanny X-Men #137 Wonder Woman #47...

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2gayvirgos: "If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!" — John Waters...

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covermashups: U Go Wondy! Mashed covers: Uncanny X-Men #138 Wonder Woman #269...

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covermashups: Who ships a Peter Parker/Terry Long romance? I ship! Mashed covers: Amazing Spider-Man annual #21 New Teen Titans #50...

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mypessimisticheart: ohmygah: cosmicheart: This really didn't come out the way I wanted it to, but whatever. SO TIRED. STILL WONDERFUL. ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES FROM VOLUME 6. The moment that actually made me go Aaaw...

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meatproducts: meat one is now available A strictly limited print run of 100 signed and numbered. Includes one of four exclusive 6 x 4 colour prints £10.00 GBP including UK postage (overseas please add £2.50 GBP) Payment via paypal...

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Super Powerpuffs

gaycomicscode: Is there anything gayer than being the aquatic damsel in distress Aquaman and being saved by the Power Puff Girls from the Legion of Doom?...

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(via jessiewonka) I quiver with longing when I see American pancakes with maple syrup. I miss them so much....

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mogadonia: Sluggo rests. Sluggo looks stoned out of his mind....

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wundagore: so true...

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gerryleonidas: Unsolicited attempt by younger son to gain extra time on the iPad. Angry Birds has taken the males in the household by storm (read: I’m halfway through, the boys have finished all the levels)...

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Rumble Fish

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MUTIE!

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ABC-TV (Channel 7) NYC - 4:30 Movie Intro (1969-1981)

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AT-AT Day Afternoon

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typefacedesign: During lunch, Dan Rhatigan explaining the complexities of Bengali on mobile screens. Dan talked about the collaboration between the University and Monotype to develop new fonts for the mobile and web environments in India. NB: Not just Bengali, which...

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jonnodotcom: Gay Liberation Day poster - New York, 1970...

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Homosexuals ARE Different

nervousacid: jonnodotcom: Mattachine Society advertisement, 1966. Oh yeah, this weekend is gay pride! This flyer is kind of genius, kind of remarkably prescient in terms of queer-acceptance imagery. I’ve always had a strong aversion to the argument that "We're...

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Oh, Joe

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Oh, Mighty Isis!

trixietreats: Beware ,There’s A Crosseyed Cyclops In My Basement!!!: Isis I *loved* this show…The Shazam!/Isis Hour...

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Children & Invalids Food

I found this gem of a package in a supermarket in Chennai (India) when I was there for Type Camp a few weeks ago. Our main mission was to find products that felt characteristically Indian, but to no one's...

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Found

Walking home late at night, not a great mood and feeling a bit down, it was a treat to stumble across a stack of shockingly nice art books in the pile of ripped-open trash bags abandoned outside the local charity...

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Greek Relics

A week later, and I’ve finally had a chance to unpack from my trip to Θεσσαλονίκη. (I’m procrastinating on the typeface, naturally.) I brought back some lovely souvenirs to remind me of my Greek adventure: Candy is essential for keeping...

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It's Competation!!

My new battle cry from now on is: "It's Competation!!"...

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The Art of Kissing

This charming little booklet was published by the Haldeman-Julius Company of Girard, Kansas. The put out all sorts of teeny newsprint screeds like this, sadly undated. This particular edition is mostly sweet, occasionally tongue-in-cheek (pun intended, I confess), and occasionally...

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The Original Boy Butter

I don't even know where to begin. Should I talk about the photo (wretched but intriguing, like a Stepford kid), the typography (strangely modernistic for a product with that down-to-earth feel), or the very notion that a package like...

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Support Network

This window display in a local pharmacy on Nostrand Ave. jumped out at on my way to the subway a few days ago. So magical!...

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Irony

I’ve always loved the inherent irony of this sign at a T station in Boston....

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On a Clear Day

My lungs and sinuses are very happy that the we've gotten another break from the heat and the humidity. I can almost breathe like a normal person at the moment! The other great thing about a clear summer's day...

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Puppies!

I know that cats are the more classic subject matter for random cuteness pictures in the blog world, but I’m not such a big fan of the cats. Cute puppies in a store window, however? Color me giggly....

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Sod It

The guy who bought the house next door is a contractor, so when he finally decided to deal with his yard, he really went for it. I haven't seen this kind of unnatural nature since I left Staten Island....

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Astroland

Astroland is not the largest or the fanciest amusement park there is, but it's the heart of Coney Island and it's fantastic in all it's low-rent glory. The rides are crudely awesome, the crowd is kinda rowdy, and the...

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Zum Stammtisch!

For Alex's bachelor party two weeks ago, we dragged ourselves all the way out to Zum Stammtisch, home of the best German food in New York. (Especially since Yorkville and its plethora of German restaurants has pretty much ceased...

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Sunset Subway

Astoria doesn't always look this saturated, but the light at the end of the afternoon on a clear day really does a lot to spruce things up....

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Swinging Snowman

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Ice, Ice Baby

It's a credit to the glaziers of Montreal that I would wake up in the morning, all toasty and cozy, without any indication what the weather was like outside until I looked at the outer pane of glass in...

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Coney Island Signage

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Fancy Couch

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Subway Sunset

A clear afternoon and saturated colors do a lot to add a little charm to our rundown subway platform. (And now you where to stalk me when I’m commuting!)...

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Donuts by All Star

In both Los Angeles and San Francisco, I saw a lot of well-preserved examples of kicky old signage. I think this is my favorite so far....

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It's Tops

A surprisingly well-preserved, irony-free coffee shop out of a time warp on Market Street. Fantastic pancakes....

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MUNI in Motion

Things to see when you're waiting for the cable car to haul your sleepy ass up that damned hill....

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Nob Hill at Night

Just an assortment of what those fancy schmancy buildings look like at night....

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Foggy Night on Nob Hill

The thick fog that rolls into San Francisco every night is no urban legend. You can see it rolling over the hills like mustard gas. It's particularly striking at the top of those steep hills scattered around the city....

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Pen Vendorama

Perhaps the quirkiest vending machine I’ve seen, found alongside a bunch of standard candy machines at Galco's Soda Pop Stop in L.A. I have no idea whether that petent has ever been granted....

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New York Street

A little bit of the Big Apple, eerily recreated in scenic downtown Burbank. You've probably seen these exact fake buildings a million times already....

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The Oval Office

I could make a snarky post about the Commander-in-Chief's frequent vacations to Texas, but in the interest of accuracy I'll confess that this is the mothballed office of Jed Bartlett, not George W. Bush....

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TV Houses

Famous set houses on the Warner Brothers lots. Can you identify them without checking here?...

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Architect Sign

Sign on an architect's office in Silverlake, Los Angeles. I believe these are the Neutraface letters sold by House Industries....

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Star Wars Portraits

A series of original portraits made shortly after the 1977 release of Star Wars. My knowledge of anatomy was still crude, but I captured the essential visual characteristics of each character, don't you think?...

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Religious Propaganda

Artifacts of the early theological indoctrination of a young Catholic school student. Note that complex, nuanced issues of dogma are avoided at this stage. (From my own personal archives.)...

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More Letters to Unsolved Mysteries

Any old eccentric can send a typewritten letter but we all know that the world-class crazy prefer hand-written rants and pleas....

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Letters to Unsolved Mysteries

These are from an thrill-a-minute packet of photocopied letters sent to the producers of Unsolved Mysteries by some very...earnest viewers. Priceless....

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Romance Comics

Words can barely express the wonders to be found in old romance comics. They're a terrifying, hilarious snapshot of damaging influences on a generation of young women. (Bear in mind that these were almost always written and drawn by...

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More Studio Tips

I couldn't resist showing pages from the second volume of this magical, outdated series. Have you noticed yet how all the pages are hand-lettered and illustrated?...

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Studio Tips

This little paperback is an invaluable source of information about the handicraft of design and illustration. It's also a time capsule about how things were done in the era before computers half the tips in the book are curious...

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Gay Glasses

They are festive, aren't they? My sister nabbed them from her neighbor's garage sale. I adore the typography....

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Blue Ranger and Glassware

Flea markets can lead to the most unusual juxtapositions....

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Globe Detail

It goes without saying that I think New York is the center of the world....

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Grandma's Tea Cups

There is o better way to serve a proper tea than with real china handed down through the generations....

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Rascals

Mmmmmmm, candy. Unfortunately, it's movie-theater candy so it costs a gajillion dollars a pound....

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Easy Chair

A cozy seat drenched in a sunbeam. Picture me there, slack-jawed and dazed after work each day....

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Milon

I feel compelled to point out that this is Milon and not Panna II, it's virtually identical neighbor at the top of those stairs at 93 1st Avenue. The two are so alike food, crowding, ambience, hindi pop music,...

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Lumpy Clown

The dear not only was he made poorly, but he was then discarded at a thrift store. So sadness-making....

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Monroe Park & Ride

I think this scene of a beat-up bus shelter and trash cans proves that anything can look good in the right light....

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Astroland Cyclone

And while we're on the subject of Coney Island, here's proof that you can ride the Cyclone without dying. The best part of riding the Cyclone, in fact, is that it's so old and creaky that imminent death is...

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Cubicle Wall

Ack! I forgot to post something this morning, all my photo archives are at home, and the weather's too grey to get an interesting picture of the view from my desk. Instead, I offer this detail of one of...

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Carousel in Montmarte

Magical little carousel in Montmarte in a little park next to a Metro station (Abesses?). I’m pretty sure this is the one that showed up in Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain a couple of years after this was taken....

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Eye in the Sky

Some of my favorite outdoor signage in the neighborhood adorns the outside of the American Museum of the Moving Image. It's mostly that giant floating eye that I adore so much....

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Roosevelt Island Bridge

A view of the underside of the giant pink bridge connecting the island to Queens....

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Coffee Shop Sign

Surprisingly, not as old a sign as it looks. Sort of a modern plastic recreation of an old hand-painted sign....

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Saltimbocca

A before-and-after view of my all-time favorite dish, as prepared by my all-time favorite person....

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Brickface

But not this kind just some excellent grafitti on Dominick Street....

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Discarded Metrocard

The subway system is littered with used-up Metrocards. This one had been picturesquely tucked into the frame holding an iPod ad....

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Parking

Hand-painted sign on a building at the corner of 36th St. and 35th Ave. in Astoria....

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Happy Clown!

A slightly worn-out Ronald McDonald in a San Francisco antique store....

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Not-So-Scary Ghost

Just a Halloween lawn ornament I stumbled across one night....

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Statuette of Liberty

I just stumbled across this study I did for a poster illustration. I couldn't find a stock image of the statue that worked for what I had in mind, so I bought this statuette at a gift shop across...

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Superior Printing Press

I sold this off on eBay after finally admitting that I wasn't going to learn how to actually use the press, but I really miss having this groovy boxtop on display....

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Morgan Ave.

I love the tile station signs in the New York subways. They're sharp when they're in good shape, and they still manage to have character when they get beat up or defaced by cryptic graffiti....

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Parisian Graffiti

Another one of those things that transcends language....

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Industrial Sunset

Twilight over Moore and Bogart Streets in East Williamsburg....

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Peace Hotel Coaster

Paper coaster from a hotel in Beijing. The illustration and the overall design are so restrained and elegant. Mmmmmm, pretty....

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Public Health Notice

Judging from what could be seen in the darker recesses of the establishment where I found this back in the heyday of the Giuliani administration, I’m pretty sure the place was just trying to cover its ass. So to...

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The Great Communicator

Stencil graffiti in Williamsburg, found sometime last Spring on either Kent Ave. or Wythe Ave....

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Squirrel Nut Zippers

Not just a fun band, but also a tasty, hard-to-find candy with a gorgeous, old-school, waxed-paper wrapper that makes me squeal with delight....

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Happy, Tragic, Missing Cat

Found in Boston's Back Bay on July 4, 1991. Inspired hours and hours worth of dark, brilliant jokes about the poor little kitty....

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Spider-Man Presto Magix

These were a fun way to pass the time as a kid, but now I adore looking at the components on their own the great composition of the rub-on sheet and the tranquility of the backgrounds on which they...

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My Milkshake

"The more you SHAKE it, the thicker you MAKE it." But I suppose that can be said about a lot of things. Thankfully, the milkshake is easier to consume in public. During a long stretch of afternoon sugar cravings...

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Barry Supply Co.

This gem of a hand-painted sign is tucked above a nondescript door on West 17th St., I think. I’m actually afraid to go and find out exactly what they sell, because the reality is sure to be more drab...

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Scary Baby

Somewhere in the East Village, someone tossed out the baby with the bathwater. Or the coffee. Whichever....

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Jian Fei Cha

To date, this is still the single worst and hence the most delightful butchered translation I have ever seen. From a package of Jian Fei Cha tea purchased at Shanghai No. 1 Department Store. A reader once took the...

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Fez

A shot of the lounge area at Fez before the crowds roll in for the night....

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Monty Under Glass

Sealed away for maximum collectibility along with his obsequious aide, Smithers....

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Empty Desk with Flowers

and of course an empty podium with flowers. Duh. Just some snaps from AIGA's Fresh Dialogue that turned out more interesting than I expected....

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Fanny May Debutantes

My favorite candy packaging of all time. I’ve been so hypnotized by the design of the box that I don't even remember what the chocolates themselves tasted like....

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The Roosevelt Island Tram

The Tram, along with the Staten Island Ferry, is more than just another way to get to work. It's also a ride that’s cool as hell....

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The Remains of Thelma Rosenfeld

I don't know Thelma Rosenfeld, nor do I know why a coffin-sized box containing her remains was shipped to JFK airport, nor do I know how that box eventually ended up blowing around the street near my house. But...

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Advanced Dentistry

Now tilt your head back and open wide. Be careful, though, not to let that head fall off its little stand. This surreal little gem was from a series of photos of life at the Boston University Goldman School...

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Darkies

I purchased these mints in the Shanghai airport. I went into the lounge to try and get rid of some loose change when my jaw hit the floor upon seeing a box full of these mints. Having grown up...

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Motorgate Parking Garage

When you walk across the bridge from Astoria to Roosevelt Island youhave to get to the street level by walking through Motorgate Parking, a huge, Brutalist concrete garage with a grocery store tucked underneath. These were all taken on...

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Are We Not Men?

No, we are engineers, seeking out the most stylish and efficient protection from nuclear radiation there is. Only Milan's hottest and most innovative designers could put together ensembles like these, making a daring statement both on the catwalk and...

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Close-Up Oscar

This isn't as close as you'd thing, though. It's a seven-foot (or so) statue lurking backstage at the Lighthouse that they keep on hand for when they do an Oscars event for the vision-impaired....

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Big Gay Hallway

A quiet moment in the magazine racks at the Center in the West Village....

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Funny or Deadly?

Unknown ventriloquist dummy, safely trapped behind glass at the American Museum of the Moving Image. If you know who this character is, please let me know....

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Forgiveness

Every so often Rooster or I find one of these devotional cards (picture on the front, scriptural verse on the back) lying around on the street, and they really creep us out because the guy being held by Jesus...

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Chinese Propaganda Book

My pal Tom brought this little gem back from a trip to China last year. It's a cheaply printed booklet of a little bit of Chinese text and a whole bunch of illustrations that appear to show the many...

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Drummer Magazine

Fetish magazines aren't usually where I’d expect to find exuberant typographic solutions to design problems, but life is full of surprises. I guess this is from some time in the late seventies. [Update: Volume 1, Issue 6, from 1976....

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Sweets from the Sweet

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Snowbot

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Ye Olde Camera Shoppe

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Wood Dolls

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Tidbits from the Archives

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Butt Shot

While I’m on the subject of booty calls, I figured it was about time I scanned in my contribution to the butt meme. A cop-out, maybe, but at least it's consistent with the site design, right?...

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Plan Nine from Chelsea

To the best of my knowledge, this book was not really written by Ed Wood the filmmaker, nor is the gentleman featured on the cover a gay black. My guess is that "Ed Wood" was chosen at the time...

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All Hail the Future!

Pray at the altar of energy. Yet another incredible find from the archives of the ASME, this one from a German electrical engineering journal.  Leave it to the Germans to portray this large bit of mystery apparatus as some...

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Is That Really Natural Gas?

Oh, the sad and sorry life of Francine Fishpaw! But the pungently sweet glories of having my very own Odorama card! Carefully preserved since a 1988 showing of "Polyester" at Cinema Village in New York, I only take this...

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The Art of Kissing

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The Fashionable Nature of Valuables

To date, this is still the single worst — and the most delightful — butchered translation I have ever seen. From a package of Jian Fei Cha tea purchased at Shanghai No. 1 Department Store....

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Beads and Blankets

This is one of the few pictures from a South African travel brochure (circa approximately 1960) that actually shows some of the native population. No, this was not an early sign of the fall of apartheid, though. I quote:...

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Callico Calliope!

Boston. July 4. Summer of 1990. These flyers were littered all over Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Mark, Ed, Joe, and Dave were walking around with me when we discovered this impassioned plea for the return of this lost kitty....

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Oooh, Typing - It's Dreamy!

This just turned up during my weekly visit to the local thrift store. Another beautiful example of design from an age of truly wonderful high-spirited typography. The package itself, though, is an anachronistic dream — a touch-typing course on...

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Le Car Cards

My roommate Mark came home from the weekly visit to the neighborhood thrift store with a set of Milles Bournes cards that Parker Brothers put out some time in the sixties. (Milles Bournes is a card game where you...

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Fresh - Minty Fresh!

I purchased these mints in the Shanghai airport. I went into the lounge to try and get rid of some loose change when my jaw hit the floor upon seeing a box full of these mints. Having grown up...

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A Boy's Best Friend

My friend Eileen, known for her eagle eye when it comes to the subtleties of Americana, found this small prayer card for me at a religious statue and souvenir shop in downtown Boston. She instantly knew that I would see...

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Broiling or Frying Teenagers?

I found this little gem on the roof of my building one day, apparently a leftover from my landlord's Memorial Day barbecue. I’m so enamored of this mysterious boxtop that I don't even really want to know exactly what...

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