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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 03, 2011


Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MICHAEL RUSSEM

Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists

The first stamp by an AIGA Medalist, was not actually a real postage stamp: it was probably a 1909 poster stamp meant to advertise the Society of the Friends of the Poster in Berlin which featured a graphic by Lucian Bernhard. The next stamp by an AIGA Medalist was not a real stamp either.
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STEVEN HELLER

Souvenirs as Nazi Propaganda

Adolf Hitler made money off design. Thanks to his personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler earned one pfennig every time his face was used on a postage stamp and received royalties from all the postcards, posters and photographs using his picture that were sold to the public — and the public was encouraged to buy many and often.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 02.27.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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Accidental Mysteries, 02.20.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Metropolitan Nightmare"

A poem by Stephen Vincent Benét.
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