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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 Story of the 1920 Election, as Told by Contemporary Graphics

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The Story of the 1920 Election, as Told by Contemporary Graphics

After a long night of nervously watching the polls, I almost bailed out on writing a blog post this week, but since the current election is on everyone's mind, most likely including yours, I ultimately couldn't resist looking back one-hundred years at another election in the hopes of promoting a thoughtful discussion of our history as well as where we are headed. As someone who has always held a deep fascination with graphic art, I've always understood the impact that graphics can have in such an event, and more to the point, what they echo back to us long after...

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The Vintage Art Aesthetic: What's Not to Like?

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The Vintage Art Aesthetic: What's Not to Like?

This week I have been working very hard on some major updates to the site, and although I've had help (thank God,) it's left me too drained to do a whole lot else. So this next blog entry is really all about a topic I know like the back of my own hand. Not too much of a challenge to write, but I hope reading it will be just as stimulating to you as reading the other articles I've written here so far. All I want to do here is to further explore a topic I've touched on many times....

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