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Then and Now: Aperture

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Aperture
n. 1 (1952) –  current

The editors’ note of a recent Aperture (n. 217) quotes the magazine’s first issue musing about the relative places of pictures and words. This isn’t the only way #1 and #217 seem to reference each other, despite being almost entirely different publications. It’s remarkable how much the photographic mainstay has developed. Read on for alternating glimpses of issues with 215 iterations between them.

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Advertising – Cigarettes

Instead of a cigarette, enjoy a small sampling from our chronological assortment of 1000’s cigarette ads, from the 1920’s till today, currently on display on the top shelf of the picture collection.

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1920-1929

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1930-1939

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1940-1949

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1950-1959

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1960-1969

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1970-1979

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1980-1989

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1990-1999

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2000-2009

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2010-2019

American Fabrics and Fashion

American Fabrics and Fashion (also called American Fabrics) was a commercial textile magazine created as a guide for manufacturers in the fabrics industry. In every issue there are dozens of physical fabric samples glued in, so in case you were wondering, “What did the 50’s feel like?”, here is the most literal answer to your question. Accompanying the samples are textile advertisements and sometimes the samples are even incorporated into the ads themselves. For anyone interested in fashion, textiles or all that is tactile, American Fabrics is a publication of great cultural and historical value.

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We have 105 Issues of American Fabrics, 1946-1975.

American Fabrics, Number 72. 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 72. 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 69. Fall 1965.

American Fabrics, Number 69. Fall 1965.
Cover Art by W Lully.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.
Cover Art by W Lully.

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American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.
Cover Art by W Lully.

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American Fabrics, Number 72. Summer 1966.
Cover Art by W Lully.

American Fabrics, Number 2. 1947.

American Fabrics, Number 2. 1947.

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American Fabrics, Number 88. Fall 1970.

 

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 85. Winter 1969.

American Fabrics, Number 103. Spring 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 103. Spring 1975.

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American Fabrics, Number 50. Summer 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 50. Summer 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 49. Spring 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 49. Spring 1960.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 52. Spring 1961.

American Fabrics, Number 52. Spring 1961.
(Not a picture of Supima seeds but a real packet of seeds!)

American Fabrics, Number 31. Winter 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 31. Winter 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 105. Fall 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 105. Fall 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 88. Fall 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 88. Fall 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 01.1946.

American Fabrics, Number 102.1974.

American Fabrics, Number 102.1974.

American Fabrics, Number 69.1965.

American Fabrics, Number 69. 1965.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 30. Fall 1954.

American Fabrics, Number 86. Spring 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 86. Spring 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 87. Summer 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 87. Summer 1970.

American Fabrics, Number 104. Winter 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 104. Winter 1975.

American Fabrics, Number 02. 1947.

American Fabrics, Number 02. 1947.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.

American Fabrics, Number 71. Spring/Summer 1966.

American Fabrics, 1980.

American Fabrics, 1980.

Toys – Dolls

Toys has 9 subcategories, 8 of which are chronological distinctions (pre-1950, and then by decade through the partially futuristic 2010-2019) and one of which is Dolls. Toys – Dolls contains 126 items. Here are just a few:

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Kewpie Dolls, first manufactured in 1912.
All Color Book of Dolls, 1974 by Kay Desmonde.
Photo: Angelo Hornak

All Color Book of Dolls, 1974 by Kay Desmonde.
Photo: Angelo Hornak

1855 & 1875 Wax Dolls

1855 & 1875 Wax Dolls
All Color Book of Dolls, 1974 by Kay Desmonde.
Photo: Angelo Hornak

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All Color Book of Dolls, 1974 by Kay Desmonde.
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All Color Book of Dolls, 1974 by Kay Desmonde.
Photo: Angelo Hornak

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November 1943

December 1967

A doll with a doll:

All Color Book of Dolls, 1974 by Kay Desmonde.
Photo by Angelo Hornak.

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November 1955

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December 15, 1997.
Photo by Richard Mitchell.

The doll that encourages bullying: (“It’s easy to make her cry.”)

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The dolls that are gluttons for punishment:

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1990

Faculty Library Orientation (Food – Desserts & Sweets)

Faculty Library Orientation  
Tuesday, April 2, 11am
Visual Arts Library, 380 Second Avenue, 2nd floor

All SVA faculty members are invited to a brief tutorial on some of the Visual Arts Library’s most powerful digital tools, and a short tour showcasing its prized print and multimedia collections. The orientation should last no more than an hour. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to meeting you.

For more information, contact the library at reference@sva.edu.
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As invocation of, but not a promise as to the quantity, quality or types of refreshments that will be served at the Faculty Library Orientation, please enjoy the following pictures from the Picture Collection’s Food – Desserts & Sweets folder:

Individual Strawberry Jam Cakes. Martha Stewart Living, November 2003

Individual Strawberry Jam Cakes. Martha Stewart Living, November 2003

Sealtest Candied Apple Ice Cream. 1956

Sealtest Candied Apple Ice Cream. 1956

Lots of Chocolate

 December 1960

December 1960. Tutti-Frutti Date Pudding! 

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone

Candy in a jar

 

 McCall's, September 1973

McCall’s, September 1973

Assorted Chocolates