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let’s look at brian blomerth’s “bicycle day” (a book review)

BOOKS ABOUT LSD AND PSYCHEDELICS al­ways turn me on—even the bad ones (of which there are a few). Re­cently, I bor­rowed sev­eral books of re­cent vin­tage from the li­brary. Most of them were normal books with lots of words but few il­lus­tra­tions. Then there was Brian Blom­erth’s Bi­cycle Day, a de­light­fully col­orful pic­ture book! [Continue reading]

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frank mccarthy and the art of the movie poster

I STUMBLED AROUND the In­ternet looking for the name of the artist who did the poster for the 1968 movie The Green Berets. I found the Dan­gerous Minds web­site which not only iden­ti­fied the artist as Frank Mc­Carthy, but had an en­tire page de­voted to his art: “The Kick-Ass Poster Art Of Frank Mc­Carthy” by Paul Gal­lagher in­cludes four dozen pieces of art by McCarthy! [Continue reading]

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todd alcott’s repurposed quotes and old images *

OPEN CULTURE bills it­self as “the best free cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional media on the web.” They have re­cently pub­lished two pages where artist Todd Al­cott uses his com­puter and his love for old mag­a­zines and pa­per­backs to create “new’ cover de­signs that look like old mag­a­zines and paperbacks. [Continue reading]

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ron cobb and the designing of the ecology symbol

THE ECOLOGY SYMBOL has been with us so long that it looks and feels rather an­cient. That it re­sem­bles the Greek letter theta, which has been around for thou­sands of years, cer­tainly helps with its look of an­tiq­uity. In fact, it is less than fifty years old, an­other piece of today that orig­i­nated with the hippie-counterculture move­ment of The Sixties. [Continue reading]

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on bernie boston’s iconic “flower power” photograph of 1967

LOOK AT THIS PHOTO! Is there an image any­where that says “The Six­ties” better than a longishly-haired young man peace­fully placing a flower in the barrel of a bay­o­neted rifle pointing in his di­rec­tion? This photo was taken in 1967 when few males out­side of the Haight-Ashbury sec­tion of San Fran­cisco had grown their hair very long. [Continue reading]