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I’m not particularly religious, but here’s a pretty little book for Easter.

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Maybe it’s this spring air, but is it wrong for me to love woodsy lettering?

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Woodsy alphabets from Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials and Typographic Ornaments edited by Clarence P. Hornung (Dover)

A cute card game from 1970, “a nostalgic replica of the popular game originated in 1904.”

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Some photographs of the amazing installation by Maira Kalman for the library at P.S. 47 in the Bronx were in yesterday’s New York Times. My love for Maira Kalman’s work has been growing ever since I became the proud owner of Max Makes a Million at the age of 12. According to the article, the installation was “intended to conjure the kind of eccentric personal museums that amateur scientists and collectors once built as a means of cataloging the world.”

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Photos: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

See also: Cabinets of Curiosities, Joseph Cornell, Fluxus. Coolness.

Now I’m inspired for my fun project of the week. I’ve been shooting a lot of work for my forthcoming website and I also shot some of the random bits and bobs that I like to collect. So far I’m lacking any concept to tie them all together—they’re not really mementos, just some miscellany that I happen to like.

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Some people (who shall remain nameless, but live with me and collect mix tapes from 1992 and broken guitars) would call them trash. And yes, um, I might have picked one or two of them up off the ground. Ok, ok, I am a weirdo but I just love them.

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Truly I do. But I’ve been ills-ville ever since my cross-country journeying so I’ll be resting up and back to posting next week. Happy Valentine’s Day my loves!

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I’m in a state of jet lag induced exhaustion so I’ll be brief and show you these great vintage travel brochures from Travel Brochure Graphics. There are hundreds of amazing brochures from the 20s and 30s posted there—I highly recommend that you take a look. I found them (again) when I was browsing through the inspiration folders that I keep for most of my projects.

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Images from the collection of David Levine/Travel Brochure Graphics.

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I have such a thing for tacky postcards, especially in the dead of winter when I’m stuck inside with 6–8 inches of snow piling up around me. Any destination with any company where it doesn’t take 8 minutes to get frostbite on exposed skin sounds like heaven on earth to me.

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And last but not least (er, sorry, I really can’t help it):

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Amidst all this depressing-post-holiday-freezing-cold-recession chaos, a ray of light. That little icon on my airplane safety card wasn’t presenting a hopeful yet ultimately impossible outcome should the worst happen. Airplanes do float. If ever there was a time to study those cards, it’s now. I recommend starting here.

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I am snowed in, surrounded by unfinished projects, and attempting to love the holidays despite the smoke billowing out of my ears. More soon, I promise.

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From Hill’s Manual of Business Forms and Guide to Correct Writing, 14th Edition, Published 1877 (available on eBay and from other sources of used books or read it on Google books.)

Only 24 more days to shop, shop, shop like you really mean it!

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Toy House Ad, circa 1956

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