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Three Poems by James Joyce
Three Poems by James Joyce

“Lightly come or lightly go … Lightly, lightly — ever so”

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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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How To Take a Bath: And Other Vintage Visual Guides from the Early 1900s
How To Take a Bath: And Other Vintage Visual Guides from the Early 1900s

Steaming like it’s 1899.

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Edward Gorey’s Vintage Illustrations for H. G. Wells’s <em>The War of the Worlds</em>
Edward Gorey’s Vintage Illustrations for H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds

Two classic masters of the macabre and wonderful, together.

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Cosmic Pastoral: Diane Ackerman’s Poems for the Planets, Which Carl Sagan Sent Timothy Leary in Prison
Cosmic Pastoral: Diane Ackerman’s Poems for the Planets, Which Carl Sagan Sent Timothy Leary in Prison

“I’m stricken by the ricochet wonder of it all: the plain everythingness of everything, in cahoots with the everythingness of everything else.”

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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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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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Dear John: Rare Recording of a Vietnam War Soldier Reading a Breakup Letter from Home
Dear John: Rare Recording of a Vietnam War Soldier Reading a Breakup Letter from Home

“Dear John I love you so, Dear John you’ve got to go.”

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A Cat-Hater’s Handbook: Irreverent Vintage Gem Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
A Cat-Hater’s Handbook: Irreverent Vintage Gem Illustrated by Tomi Ungerer

An ailurophobe’s delight circa 1982.

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Our Friend the Atom: Disney’s 1956 Illustrated Propaganda for Nuclear Energy
Our Friend the Atom: Disney’s 1956 Illustrated Propaganda for Nuclear Energy

“Atomic science began as positive, creative thought.”

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