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Reads tagged with “vintage”

The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers
The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers

“Like a bee that settles on the fragrant pistils of a flower, and sips in the nectar for honey, so should you sip in the nectar from between the lips of your love.”

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How Chemistry Works, in Gorgeous 19th-Century Diagrams
How Chemistry Works, in Gorgeous 19th-Century Diagrams

Illustrated retro reactions from the father of Popular Science.

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Gorgeous Vintage British Road Safety Ads, 1939-1946
Gorgeous Vintage British Road Safety Ads, 1939-1946

“Lookout in the blackout — think before you cross the road.”

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How People Earn and Use Money: Vibrant Vintage Illustrations from 1968
How People Earn and Use Money: Vibrant Vintage Illustrations from 1968

“Before spending money a person should be sure he is doing the right thing.”

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How We Use Maps and Globes: An Illustrated Guide from 1968
How We Use Maps and Globes: An Illustrated Guide from 1968

A charming reminder of how far we’ve come — and what we’ve given up along the way.

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The Shrinking of Treehorn: An Edward Gorey Illustrated Gem, 1971
The Shrinking of Treehorn: An Edward Gorey Illustrated Gem, 1971

The unusual story of a little boy who grows littler.

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Celebrating Cassandre: Gorgeous Vintage Posters by One of History’s Greatest Graphic Designers
Celebrating Cassandre: Gorgeous Vintage Posters by One of History’s Greatest Graphic Designers

“He translated the essence of a thing — like a train, a ship, or a person — to the most ‘graphic’ expression.”

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Beautiful 1921 Woodcuts by Virginia Woolf’s Sister
Beautiful 1921 Woodcuts by Virginia Woolf’s Sister

Black-and-white beauty from a rare vintage edition.

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Charles Addams Illustrates Mother Goose, 1967
Charles Addams Illustrates Mother Goose, 1967

“Come with a hoop, Come with a call, Come with a good will, Or not at all.”

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A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night
A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night

“No other city in the world stages dusk to dawn like New York City.”

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