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pink think!

I finally took a minute to check out Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color at the Museum at FIT. This thoughtful exhibit features approximately 80 pink ensembles from the 18th century to the present. The exhibit touches on the

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Posted in 50's, 70's, fashion, FIT

sweet dreams

found the side-panel from my old wooden crib. i actually remember these charming old illustrations.

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Posted in 50's, illustration

can’t place the face

I love this big outdoor face sculpture we spotted in Bethel, NY. I couldn’t find the name of the artist, but it reminds me of great 50’s cartoonists, like Gene Deitch, VIP, and UPA studios.

Posted in 50's, cartoonists, sculpture

“good design is good business”

Those are the words of Thomas J. Watson, chairman and CEO of pioneering computer company IBM from 1914 to 1956. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit “Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York” at the NY Historical Society, including these wonderful examples of

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“one word… plastics!”

Above is the “Plastics House of the Future“, built by the Monsanto Corporation for Disneyland, California in 1957. It received a major update in 1960, because, “many of the things deemed ‘futuristic’ as recently as 1957 are simply ‘contemporary’ today.”

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Design giant Bradbury Thompson, 1911-1995, is remembered for his ability to construct modernist layouts from classic typefaces and historic illustrations.

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Posted in 50's, 60's, magazine

jet set

Jet, the weekly magazine for African-Americans since 1951, is set to quit printing, and go all digital. Jet is notable for its role in chronicling the Civil Rights movement from its earliest years: “If it isn’t in Jet, it didn’t happen.” Origionally 15

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Posted in 00's, 10's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, magazines

a really big shew

I’ve been reading “Always on Sunday” by Michael Harris, about tv host Ed Sullivan. Sullivan broadcast from 1948 to 1971, making his “shew” the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. Unlike the smooth television personalities of today, part of

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Posted in 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, books

happy birthday, jackie!

August 1 is the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman syndicated cartoonist. She created the comic strip Torchy Brown and the panel comic Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. In 1947, the Terri Lee doll company produced a doll based on

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happy birthday, cipe!

June 23, 1908 is the birthday of art director Cipe Pineles, who broke gender barriers in the publication world, while working to produce a smarter magazine for the young American woman.

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