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The Story of the Titanic, As Told Through Contemporary Graphics

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The Story of the Titanic, As Told Through Contemporary Graphics

Very few historical events have become so indelibly part of our collective memory as has the most famous shipwreck of all, the Titanic. Even before James Cameron's 1997 epic, the history of the Titanic has been a deeply fascinating topic for so many. As an inevitable result of this fascination, the story has been told many times over and in many different forms, but today I wanted to explore the tragedy from a different angle. Namely, what can the Titanic's rich graphic legacy tell us about the experience of those who lived through it? This article will tell that story...

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The Art of Life Magazine: a History, Pt. 1 (1883-1913)

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The Art of Life Magazine: a History, Pt. 1 (1883-1913)

In 1883, Harvard graduates John Ames Mitchell, Andrew Miller, and Edward S. Martin, set out to create their answer to the already-established Puck, Judge, and Punch magazines. Life was its name, and its premise was a simple one: “We shall endeavor to be neither too sweet to live," ran the mission statement on its first issue, "nor too good to be true.” It was “fun” for “an unfriendly world”. Its masthead (pictured below), which remained a part of the magazine for decades, drives that point home further by declaring "While there is Life, there's Hope." While they were still students,...

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