June 13, 2010

Aro, Pirkko:
ARABIA DESIGN.
Kustannusosakeyhtiƶ Otava, Helsinki, 1958.

Soulful artists who manufacture sensible housewares: here are brief professional bios of 26 designers at the Arabia factory in Finland, accompanied by highlights of individual craft specialties and disarmingly earnest photo portraits. Text in English.

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Carson, Byrta:
HOW YOU LOOK AND DRESS
McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1959.

"Mastery of wardrobe planning and clothing construction gives a young girl a feeling of security and poise which not only assists her economically but socially and psychologically as well."

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White, Edward T.:
A GRAPHIC VOCABULARY FOR ARCHITECTURAL PRESENTATION
Architectural Media, Tucson, 1972.

Over 800 line drawings (people, furniture, shrubbery, wall textures, etc.) to jazz up your architectural sketches... or to populate the glass penthouse of your imagination.

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n/a:
CHINESE FOLK PAPER CUTS
No place, no date. [Taiwan? ca. 1970s?]

Not a book, but a folder containing nine ethereal images: theatrical figures and masks, cut from impossibly delicate sheets of tissue paper.

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Metcalf, Keyes D.:
PLANNING ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH LIBRARY BUILDINGS
McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1965.

Viewed from the digital age, no other subject looks so hopelessly obsolete. (Special ironic bonus: this copy was discarded by the library of an Ivy League university.)

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Merkulov, A.:
AUTOMATION SERVES MAN
Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, [ca. 1960].

"One cannot help being enthusiastic about the wholly automated shop for the mass production of antifriction bearings at the First State Bearings Plant in Moscow."

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