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 This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. I came across this French volume the other day and assumed it was about some sort of military hero, but as I took a closer look at the cover of the book I noticed that he was […]

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A Spiritual Guide

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Charles Berner offers his road to spiritual freedom in the short, pamphlet-like book, Enlightenment.   Illustrated by Peter Max, this book has detailed instructions, including a sample schedule for a day of Enlightenment Intensive at the Institute of Ability, […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. The collection has a large number of French translations of books that deal with crime and criminals in the United States.  Chicago : ville du crime or Rattling the cup on Chicago crime was written by Edward […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Although the marketing and branding world was very different in 2002, Jean Jacques Evrard and Brice Auckenthaler still present interesting and relevant insight in their book What If? Insights into brand trends and the birth of new target […]

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The Drug Bug

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   The Drug Bug was an idea born through Allan Palmquist’s work with millions of Pennsylvanian high school students in 1970.  At the time Palmquist was the Promotional Director at the Teen Challenge Training Center in Rehrersburg, […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. People have always been fascinated with the idea of a soul.  One researcher, Rick Strassman, took this interest to the extreme and performed government approved research using the psychedelic drug N,N-dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, also known as the spirit […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Introduced by Citroën at a Paris motor show in 1948 the 2 CV remained in production up until 1990.  Originally designed with practicality in mind the initial goal of the 2 CV was to carry a dozen eggs over a […]

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Nourishing Words

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Whole Grains is a book edited by Art Spiegelman and Bob Schneider that is composed entirely of quotes.  Even the introduction is just another collection of quotes without any explanatory prose.  The book is made up of four […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Whether you think of sideshow banners as art or advertisement there is no denying their “wow” factor.  Freaks, geeks & strange girls : sideshow banners of the Great American Midway is an anthology of perspectives on the […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The 1960s is one of the most iconic decades in American history.  Instantly recognizable fashion, civil rights protests and legislation, Pop art, and the space race are all hallmarks of this decade that people aren’t quick to forget.  […]

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Magical Plants

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The mandrake root is often referenced in mythical texts and stories, with many powerful magical powers ascribed to it.  The root can resemble human limbs and rumor is that when it is pulled from the ground it lets […]

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Youth quake!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   What’s the younger generation coming to?  This is a question that parents have been asking probably since the dawn of time.  However it is especially interesting when looked at through the lens of the 1960s.  The […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. At first glance Let’s talk about Goofballs and Pep Pills seems like a funny comic book akin with much of the satirical pamphlets in the Santo Domingo Collection.  However, despite the pen and ink cartoons illustrating this book, […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Before Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert there was a man named Alan Abel.  Actor, writer, filmmaker, comedian, jazz musician and professional prankster these are all the many faces of Abel.  For the past half-century Abel has been […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Although fan fiction is cropping up everywhere now and seems to be a new fad, it has actually been around for quite some time.  Fictitious characters have often inspired imaginative readers who go on to write their own […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   Massachusetts is known for many things- ridiculously high taxes, fanatical sports teams, and this year “historic” winter storms.  What I was unaware of until now were the seemingly crazy laws that exist in our history until I started […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Many volumes in the Santo Domingo Collection are about fine art, some exploring the limits of social acceptability whereas others recount more commonly seen art.  Symbolists and Decadents by John Christian gives an interesting and thorough examination of […]

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Skills for Kids

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Although most of the items in the Santo Domingo Collection are geared towards adults there are some great exceptions.  Discover Skills for Life is a teaching tool for elementary schools that addresses wide ranging topics from building self-esteem […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. One of the many pleasures of working with this collection is the amazing graphic nature of the cover art on books, newspapers, and magazines that we encounter on a daily basis.  After seeing the success of Scanning Key […]

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A Guide to Hipsters

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Hipsters, a book by Ted Joans, is a collection of collages of paintings that depicts Greenwich village and the types of people that lived there.  He explains many types from the Folknik to the Hipper-than-thounik. The folkniks “carry […]

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