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Creative Types: Need Project Inspiration?

Thomas Moran, August 1915. By Henry Havelock Pierce. X-22164
How Long is Always, 1969. Watercolor by Jo Polseno. C75-7 ART
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

You may love your neighborhood DPL branch, but it might be time to branch out!  

Did you know that DPL’s Central Library has a Western History/Genealogy Department on Level 5?

Industrial Designer's Connection to our DPL Collection

Raymond Loewy
Company logos designed by Loewy and his design team
Image of the shroud design to be retrofitted to the 3768

I had this tribute in mind for today, but leave it to Google to beat me to the punch-

 

Spectacular Book Covers of the 19th Century

Ballads of a Cheechako

Eye Catching Book Covers of Yore

They say "Don't judge a book by its cover," but book makers have always known that platitudes aside, the cover of the book is often what catches people's interest and influences their decision to m

Wo/Men at Work: Exploring Hard Work's Reward

Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Blunt, Judy. "Cooking From Scratch." Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Powell, Ralph. "Everything's Dangerous." Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover

This artfully designed, hand-bound book tells two stories of work during an era when what a person did or made was still considered more important than what he or she bought.

Sanctus Sonorensis

Sanctus Sonorensis
Sanctus Sonorensis

One of the perks of working in WH/G is getting to see interesting and inspiring artists books.  Sanctus Sonorensis beautifully addresses the topic of immigration in the American southwest. 

While on a sabbatical in New Mexico, book artist Philip

Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette

Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette

Scrapbooking fans unite.  This Manuscript Monday features one of the most interesting scrapbooks in the WHG collection.  Read more about the Evelyn Runnette Papers.

Denver native Evelyn Runnette  was born in 1903.  She was a librarian, outdoorswoman, traveler, and among many other things, an avid scrapbooker.