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hometown shout-out

enjoyed seeing Steely Dan at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a beautiful venue built at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. There is a great museum there commemorating Woodstock and the Sixties Era. During his spoken intro to “Hey

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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

get the look!

I’ve seen many columns & videos that promise to help you “get the (magazine) cover look”, but this is the first one I’ve seen for a 50-year-old cover. I love it!

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all’s fair

Enjoyed the book, Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America by Joseph Tirella. It examines the ’64 World’s Fair as a part of, rather than apart from, the larger historical context of the 60’s: politics, pop art,

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ad men

From 1962 to 1972, Esqiure magazine editor Harold Hayes hired ad man George Lois to create magazine covers that were like advertisements, “selling” one main story in the magazine, rather than listing all the contents. (The 1968 cover above refers

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