Category Archives: USA

Bad Cartography

I love a good map, but a bad map, or a just plain silly map, can be hilarious. Terrible Maps is an anonymous online project that has been sharing some truly wacky and ridiculous examples for nearly three years. Here are a … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism Paradox

I’ve seen copies of this sign for years, but just discovered where the bookshop is located. The poster has advertised this generous offer for more than three decades in Wheeling, West Virginia. Paradox Bookstore, which is owned and managed by … Continue reading

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Every Minute Counts

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NYC’s Subways has gone to the Dogs

New York City public transit riders often complain the the subway system has gone to the dogs, but in the case of the newly renovated 23rd Street MTA station it’s literally true. Who couldn’t love the adorable glass mosaic series … Continue reading

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Why Vonnegut Matters

Like many Kurt Vonnegut fans I became a devoted reader during my early adolescence. If memory serves, the first of his novels that I read was Sirens of Titan, but it could have just as well been Cat’s Cradle. Of course they weren’t teaching … Continue reading

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Take Your Child To A Bookstore

The ninth annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, a project developed to “instill a love of bookstores in children so that they will value and support this most precious of resources as they go on to enter and create … Continue reading

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NYC: Word on (under) the street

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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States. These illustrations are from the Model First Reader by Stephen Return Riggs published in 1875. The rare volume is a primer for lessons in English and the Santee Dadota dialect. You can … Continue reading

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The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving Warrington Colescott 1973  

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World Map of Useless Stereotypes

A big tip of the hat to TBTP follower Sandra A. for this clever map created by Christoph Niemann (see Monday’s post on Berlin)  for the New York Times Magazine in 2011.  

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