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A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Vintage Illustrated Verses for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Vintage Illustrated Verses for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

“William, William, writing late by the chill and sooty grate, what immortal story can make your tiger roar again?”

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Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity
Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity

“It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider … who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”

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How Our Government Helps Us, in Vibrant Vintage Illustrations from 1969
How Our Government Helps Us, in Vibrant Vintage Illustrations from 1969

“As our country grows and changes, our government has more work to do and more laws to make.”

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The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language
The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language

A mid-century primer on how verbal messages progress from the mind of the speaker to the mind of the listener.

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British vs. American Politics in Minimalist Vintage Infographics
British vs. American Politics in Minimalist Vintage Infographics

A visual time-capsule of political parallels and contrasts.

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Cats vs. Dogs: A Poem by T. S. Eliot, with Stunning Vintage Illustrations by Dame Eileen Mayo
Cats vs. Dogs: A Poem by T. S. Eliot, with Stunning Vintage Illustrations by Dame Eileen Mayo

“You now have learned enough to see / That Cats are much like you and me / And other people whom we find / Possessed of various types of mind.”

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The Green Beads: Edward Gorey and the “Disturbed Person”
The Green Beads: Edward Gorey and the “Disturbed Person”

“How it knocks my heart!”

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Buckminster Fuller’s Manifesto for the Genius of Generalists
Buckminster Fuller’s Manifesto for the Genius of Generalists

“Only mind can discover how to do so much with so little as forever to be able to sustain and physically satisfy all humanity.”

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Sexology Circa 1942: Vintage Anatomical Charts of the Male and Female Body, as Animated GIFs
Sexology Circa 1942: Vintage Anatomical Charts of the Male and Female Body, as Animated GIFs

“The average reader … does not appreciate the truly vast complexity of the human machine, and all the different parts which make the machine go.”

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The Little Golden Book of Words: A Rare Illustrated Gem from 1948
The Little Golden Book of Words: A Rare Illustrated Gem from 1948

Places to go, things to do, people to meet, and other illustrated essentials of daily living.

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