Category Archives: History

A century of wonders

This month, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Park Service. Over the decades, the Park Service has commissioned wonderful art work to encourage folks to get out and enjoy these national treasures. Some of the most enduring … Continue reading

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I am curious London

Readers of TBTP know that I am enamored with London. Over the years, I have had the good fortune to spend quite a bit of time there and I even wrote a budget travel guide for the British capital. So, … Continue reading

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We All Come From Somewhere Else

Earlier this year, I shared a story on street artist JR’s documentary on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Last week, the peripatetic French artist created this enormous installation on Franklin Street in Tribeca NYC. The piece, titled “Unframed, Ellis … Continue reading

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What Makes A Book A Book

This short animated film titled “The Evolution of the Book” by Patrick Smith is an enlightening TED-Ed video that demonstrates the elements that come together to make a book.

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Happy 4th of July

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Je Suis Contre Tout et Tous

When I was young, I was fascinated by the early 20th century Dada Movement. I even sported a button with I.K. Bonset’s moto “Je suis contre tout et tous” . So, I was excited to discover that the Museum of Modern Art … Continue reading

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And I Love The Licorice Too

OK, I admit it, I shop at IKEA. In fact, half of my house is furnished by the Swedish furniture giant. My office is lined by the famous Billy bookcases, my file cabinets are all IKEA, even the desk that … Continue reading

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Montreal in History

Here in the New World we tend to forget that we too have a history. Montreal, one of my all time favorite North American cities, was founded in 1642. In the run-up to next year’s 375th anniversary celebrations, Montreal tourism folks … Continue reading

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Dear George Orwell

The British Library has just released over 300 literary treasures relating to 20th century writers available online for the first time. The amazing collection includes literary drafts, rare first editions, notebooks, letters, diaries, newspapers and photographs from James Joyce, Virginia … Continue reading

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Geek Out Bibliophiles

This fascinating video from the Crandall Historical Printing Museum in Provo, Utah, demonstrates their rare functioning Gutenberg press.

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