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Comments (9) Posted 12.06.08 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Eric Baker

Today, 12.06.08



Today's selection comes from the extraordinary treasures of The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. These particular images are from the Cary Playing Cards Database, one of the world's distinguished collections of playing cards and ephemera. Other important collections housed at Beinecke include the Katherine S. Dreier Papers / Société Anonyme Archive, The Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe Archive and The Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers. 

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Eric Baker Design Associates, a Manhattan-based design firm established in 1986. Eric teaches the history of graphic design and corporate identity at the School of Visual Arts, and has twice received National Endowment for the Arts Grants for independent design history projects. He is inveterate collector of books and ephemera. Editor's Note: All images link to their original source and are copyright their original owners.
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Deal me in!
pat Taylor
12.07.08 at 11:55

These are stunning, I particularly love the little quotes
thepicklebot
12.07.08 at 12:05

I always love these photo posts. These ones in particular are mysterious. I'm *drawn* to them, hahaha.
Tom Froese
12.07.08 at 10:30

I want to know more about
this one!
Helen
12.08.08 at 01:58

These illustrations are so mesmerizing. They capture time in ways that no other things do.
Vectorjungle
12.08.08 at 05:26

They capture time in ways that no other things do.

Yes, you can really smell the woodblock and letterpress. But funny how The Queen of Spade Link is practically unaltered in the last 600 years – without loosing its novelty like many other later suit designs.
Rasmus
12.09.08 at 03:51

Wow! That whole Beinecke collection is incredible!
dylan lloyd tate
12.09.08 at 03:54

Ah I love these! This made my lunch break ~ I'm in love with everything about playing cards. Thank you for sharing this.

Megami
12.16.08 at 01:24

thanks
film izle
04.25.09 at 06:56


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Eric Baker is a designer, author, adjunct professor of graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant for his independent design history projects.
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