Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween II

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Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween from the Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic.

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Happy Halloween

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What Do Maps Tell Us ?

These extraordinary maps are created by a brilliant group of map geeks at the University of Sheffield with help from computer wiz Mark Newman from the University of Michigan. The collection of 700 world maps uses equal area cartograms, where … Continue reading

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New Zealand Caves

The New Zealand government agreed to a deal “under which they will contribute special financing and introduce labor legislation” to discourage Warner Brothers and Peter Jackson from taking the production of the two movies adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit … Continue reading

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Judge These Books By Their Covers

Until the early 19th century, most books were purchased in paper covers for the owner to have bound according to his own taste and budget. These books would have been bound by hand in small workshops. During the nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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Travel By Design

Many thanks to reader Ed Moss for the link to this terrific travel ephemera site. David Levine’s online gallery of 1920s, 30s and 40s travel related ephemera has preserved hundreds of fragile travel brochures, advertisements, maps, time-tables, tickets and various … Continue reading

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Holy Hobbit Hullabaloo

New Zealanders have taken to the streets in the thousands to try and keep the production of The Hobbit film from moving out of the country. Many protestors dressed as characters from JRR Tolkien’s books and movies. The protesters opposed … Continue reading

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First Billboards, Now..

First they put up billboards in San Marco, now the Italian government is moving ahead with plans to impose an entry fee on all visitors to Venice who arrive by air, rail or cruise ship. The fee is likely to … Continue reading

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What’s on the Outside Matters

Designers Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen have created a marvelous website devoted to paperback book cover art at the Book Cover Archive  

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