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Reads tagged with “vintage”

Edward Gorey’s Vintage Book Covers for Literary Classics
Edward Gorey’s Vintage Book Covers for Literary Classics

Melville, Conrad, Colette, Chekhov, Chaucer, Gogol, Kafka, Shaw, Pushkin, and more.

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The Lonesome Traveler: Kerouac’s Tour of the Unseen New York
The Lonesome Traveler: Kerouac’s Tour of the Unseen New York

“Might as well enjoy it… Greatest city the world has ever seen.”

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Coffee, It’s a Man’s Drink: Esquire’s Vintage Rules for Brewing the Perfect Cup
Coffee, It’s a Man’s Drink: Esquire’s Vintage Rules for Brewing the Perfect Cup

“No aspect of your cooking skill will bring you greater or more lasting pleasure than the ability to prepare the drink that stimulates wit and digestion.”

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Id-Grids and Ego-Graphs: A Typographic Confabulation with Finnegans Wake
Id-Grids and Ego-Graphs: A Typographic Confabulation with Finnegans Wake

“First we feel. Then we fall.”

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Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities
Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

From the wind tunnels the made commercial aviation possible to the analog machines that preceded the computer, a visual history of the spirit of innovation presently unworthy of the government’s dollar.

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A Visual History of Magic
A Visual History of Magic

What the art of levitation has to do with creative debt and the legacy of vintage graphic design.

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T.S. Eliot Reads T.S. Eliot: “The Ad-dressing of Cats,” 1947
T.S. Eliot Reads T.S. Eliot: “The Ad-dressing of Cats,” 1947

“A Dog is, on the whole, what you would call a simple soul.”

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Gay Talese’s Portrait of the Tallest Man in New York
Gay Talese’s Portrait of the Tallest Man in New York

“His knuckles are like golf balls and, when he shakes your hand, he envelops your wrist in lukewarm flesh.”

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Delicious Vintage Food PSA Posters
Delicious Vintage Food PSA Posters

Save the sugar, eat your oatmeal, know your onions, and other tips from Uncle Sam.

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Heinz Haber, Disney’s Chief Scientist, Explains the Atom in 1957
Heinz Haber, Disney’s Chief Scientist, Explains the Atom in 1957

What Aristotle, Aladdin, and Captain Nemo teach us about the promise of nuclear energy.

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