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Blog vs. Catalog: Why I Comment on Some Images Without Making Them Available for Purchase

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Blog vs. Catalog: Why I Comment on Some Images Without Making Them Available for Purchase

As I've worked on the Dominion Graphic Arts blogs over the last year or so, I've had quite a few customers ask me why a certain image they see on a blog entry isn't available as a print. In this blog entry, I thought I would address this question, as it tends to come up relatively often. There are, as it turns out, a few reasons why I might comment on an image on my blogs, or share it on my social media, without necessarily making it available for purchase. Here's the full explanation: 1.) I don't want to make...

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Vintage Art and Copyright Laws: The Importance of Compliance

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Vintage Art and Copyright Laws: The Importance of Compliance

Today's post is quite different from what I usually blog about, but it is an issue that I've been thinking a lot about, so I figured, what better way to get it off my chest than to write about it here. I've noticed, over the years I've been involved with this enterprise, that there are competitors in this field who either haven't studied copyright laws like I have, or who think, just because something is decades old, that, even if it is protected by copyright, they could likely get away with reproducing it and making it available for sale anyway....

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Looking Ahead to 2021

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Looking Ahead to 2021

To begin with, let me just say, as nicely as I can: 2020 has been taken out like the trash, and we will not miss it! Not one bit!! Whew... Now that that is off my chest, I'd like to start this entry by briefly discussing my plans for 2021. I understand that some of you have been reading these blogs because of the juicy historical and aesthetic details I write about. (For example, last year, one of my most popular posts was this one about the Life Magazine covers of the 1910s.) I'm very gratified by how well-liked those...

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Covid, Quarantine, and Catch-Up

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Covid, Quarantine, and Catch-Up

It's not always easy to know what to say in times like these. "Buckle up," "things will get better with time," "we're going to make it through this," sound like worn out platitudes, perhaps almost offensively so, depending on your individual situation. Needless to say, we've all been put through something we didn't plan for, and consequently, there's no telling what exactly one should do. One piece of advice I heard, (which is polarizing, but it does work for at least some of us,) is to catch up on things that you may have been putting off, learn a new...

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Coming Soon: Nine Sheet Music Covers

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Coming Soon: Nine Sheet Music Covers

  I try to steer clear of any overtly self-promotional blog posts, but I wanted to make an exception here to share some new pieces of vintage tin-pan alley sheet music I picked up on eBay recently. The package contains eleven pieces, nine of which I plan to restore and make available on the site sometime soon. Two of them won't be restored and released because they're not very special. (One of them has next to no color, and the other one is, in my opinion, not very well-designed.) Here's a list of the nine covers that I plan on...

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