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Illustrated books and DVDs with emphasis on historic cultural events, wars, exploration, and more.

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  1. A WORLD WITHOUT REALITY Inside Marvin Glass's Toy Vault!
    $59.99

    Over 130 playthings from the 1940’s-1980’s are profiled with compelling behind-the-scene creation stories of items like Operation, Simon, Lite-Brite, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, Mouse Trap, the Blythe doll, Yakity Yak Teeth, Whoops (fake vomit), the Pie Face game, Toss Across, Hands Down, Mystery Date, Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle and more! Learn More
  2. HARRYHAUSEN The Lost Movies

    Regular Price: $39.95

    Sale Price $34.95

    Known for his iconic stop-motion creatures, Ray Harryhausen was at the forefront of Hollywood special effects for much of the 20th century. His films include One Million Years B.C., Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts, among others. But for every film that reaches the big screen, half a dozen projects are never realized. This explores Harryhausen's unrealized films, including unused ideas, projects he turned down and scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. Never-been-seen-before artwork, sketches, photos and test footage from the Harryhausen Foundation archives. Learn More
  3. FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000 AD DVD
    $14.99

    Great Britain, end of the '70s: with the birth of indie upstart 2000AD, fans were introduced to visionary talent like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, and Rogue Trooper, Halo Jones and Judge Dredd. Yet what happened next to this nihilistic, ultra-violent universe may be the biggest shocker of all. This is the "brilliant" (Flickfeast), "essential" (ScreenAnarchy.com) and "scurrilous" (Empire) story of the galaxy's greatest comic, featuring interviews with editors, writers, artists and fans. Learn More
  4. AN EVENING IN THE CLASSROOM

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    Illustrator and painter Harvey Dunn was deeply influenced by Howard Pyle. Pyle's Brandywine students became some of the most important and well-regarded artists of the twentieth century, including N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith...and Dunn, who went on to influence the next generation of artists. During the course of an evening in 1934, while Dunn was teaching at Grand Central School of the Arts, Miss Taylor recorded his comments and criticisms. These notes later surfaced in a slim, limited-edition volume. Enhanced by Dunn's striking woodcut images, the book provides a flavorful re-creation of the atmosphere in his classroom. Learn More
  5. BRITAIN CAN MAKE IT
    $30.00

    Postwar progress through determination, innovation and exploration. The war in Europe ended in 1945. It took the British auto industry more than three years to prepare and to manufacture new models. Here are the trials and tribulations of that period, with wonderful vintage pictures of the cars themselves, cutaways of the car designs and details, period ads...all in full color. Learn More
  6. HARRY HOUDINI The Legend of The World's Greatest Escape Artist

    Regular Price: $18.95

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    This illustrated biography combines original artwork and archival artifacts—photographs, playbills, posters, letters, and Houdini’s own stage props—to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life. Learn about Houdini’s unique rags-to-riches story, from his birth in a Hungarian ghetto to his death from a ruptured appendix at age fifty-two. He began as an escape artist and evolved into the “King of Handcuffs” on the vaudeville circuit, becoming an international star as his escape attempts reached ever more elaborate and dangerous heights. Learn More
  7. SUBURBAN AMERICA 1930-1970 An Architectural Perspective
    $25.00

    Presentation design drawings of buildings which changed the appearance of suburban America. From an exhibition in Massachusetts May 13 to November 25, 2001. Handsome full color architectural drawings begin with gas stations and diners (with streamlining) in the 1930s, highways and overpasses that offer Art Deco overtones, bridges, gas trucks, drive-ins and theatres...all the architecture that once was influenced by Art Deco and fifties styling and the automobile. With essays. Learn More
  8. FIGURE FABRIC FANTASY Five Decades of American Fashion Drawing

    Regular Price: $35.95

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    This show in 2012 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, featured 50 drawings by 26 artists, dating from the 1940s through the 1980s. Each section of the exhibition book is organized roughly chronologically, allowing us to see how styles changed over time—not only the clothing itself, but artists’ dynamic interpretations of it. Images of fashion exploded in the 20th century with the proliferation of ready-to-wear and glossy fashion magazines. As photography gradually became the medium of choice for fashion advertising, artists who worked by hand began to emphasize interpretation and impression over pure likeness. Learn More
  9. DARWIN An Exceptional Voyage

    Regular Price: $22.95

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    A sweeping, intelligent. immersive biographical graphic novel from award-winning creators, newly translated from its 2016 French appearance. Join the legendary scientist as a young man off on a five-year voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle--in 1831. He begins the journey young and gifted but distracted, but returns a serious man of science, changing both his life and the course of modern science. As he explores remote corners of the natural world, he also pieces together the very beginnings of his revolutionary theory of evolution. Learn More
  10. THE BE-BOP BARBARIANS

    Regular Price: $24.95

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    In the turbulent era of late 1950s Manhattan—with jazz, the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, and the Red Scare as the volatile ingredients—three groundbreaking black cartoonists defy convention and pay the price. This is a fictionalized graphic novel based on three very real, ground-breaking black comics artists: Matt Baker, Jackie Ormes and Oliver Harrington. Cliff Murphy (Baker) is matinee idol handsome, a light-skinned, straight-haired black man and a comics artist known for his glamour girl art. He’s black uptown and white downtown, and he has an eye for the ladies, and they for him—including his boss’ wife, who knows Cliff’s creation, the Phantom Avenger, is about to be stolen from him. Adult themes, nudity. Learn More

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