Labor Day

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[Alyson Kuhn] I’ve read many people’s thoughts {and rhymes} about work from last Friday’s Schott’s Vocab in the NYT. I look forward to reportage today on NPR about Labor Day’s origins, and perhaps commentary as to how the nature of  our “labor” has changed in the last century and a quarter. I will listen as I file receipts and organize my postage stamps. Friends are coming for dinner and, in honor of the day, we will toast with Thomas Carlyle’s motto on the stamp, Labor is life.

Mail Call

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[Tracy Smith] Turns out that we’re not the only paper-obsessed people who get mail candy. I was taking my daily blog tour when I came across a post on the Chronicle Books blog about all the great mail they receive. Our very own “stamp-obsessed” editor has even sent them a thing or two. I’m happy to know that we’re not the only ones who cherish and keep our favorite “visual treats”.

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[Alyson Kuhn] At 7 am yesterday {September 1}, Tom Llewellyn launched his newest project: a book via blog. Letter Off Dead is a correspondence between a boy starting junior high school and his dad, who is dead. Tom is a copywriter, creative director and corporate lackey by day and the “writer half” of Beautiful Angle, an amazing on-going letterpress poster project he started in 2002 with his friend and colleague designer Lance Kagey.

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Scrapbooks: A many splendored paper thing

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[Alyson Kuhn] I recently chatted with Jessica Helfand about scrapbooks in general and the hundreds she’s collected in particular. Her recent book Scrapbooks has a simple subtitle: An American History, which is shorthand for “A l

ong look at the socio-gastro-economic-esthetic-parenthetic tales they tell.”

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So Noted: In search of monograms

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[Laura Shore] Nancy Sharon Collins is a designer, a design historian, and a social stationer. She has recently begun a research project about hand engraving, monograms, and social stationery. We’ve offered to spread the word, which is: “I am looking for interesting, kitschy, handsome or elegant engraved stationery, preferably social stationery {letters and notes}, with or without writing on them. The older the better.” Here’s a tiny taste of what Nancy has already collected.

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The passing zine

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[Alyson Kuhn] The annual SF Zine Fest took place last weekend in Golden Gate Park, and our correspondent Bill Senkus went to check it out for us. The two-day conference and marketplace is still free, still fun, and still focused on zines. Creative folks from all walks of DIY life also showcase their wares. Even though you’re reading to yourself, please pronounce zine like magazine {not like design}. Herewith my favorite finds from Bill’s photo-reportage.

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