Come Fly With Me

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Courtesy Callisto Publishers GmbH

Courtesy Callisto Publishers GmbH

 

A new large-format art book, Airline Visual Identity 1945 – 1975, out now from Callisto Publishing, chronicles the so-called “Golden Age of Travel,” with gorgeous, full-page advertisements from giants in the sky like TWA, Air France, and yes, even the real American Airlines.

These vintage posters, many of which illustrate the awe and optimism that shaped the design of the Jet Age, showcase an era when flying was one of the most glamorous things you could do, when passengers dressed to impress and legroom, well, actually existed. (READ MORE)

Excerpted from Travel+Leisure

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America’s Best Idea Turns 100

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Joshua Tree National Park in California (Photo from Joshua Tree National Park)

Joshua Tree National Park in California (Photo from Joshua Tree National Park)

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Yellowstone National Park was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the nation’s first National Park. (Photo from Yellowstone National Park)

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Yosemite National Park in California, established in 1890 (Photo from Yosemite National Park)

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was my first visit to a National Park. (Photo from Jefferson National Expansion Memorial)

centennial_npf_logo_webThe National Park Service, created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916, is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer.

The National Parks is “America’s Best Idea”, according to film producer Ken Burns. Burns’ six-part film series is finishing a repeat airing on PBS this evening. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is the story of “an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.”

I first experienced the beauty and majesty of the National Parks during a four-week, cross-country road trip with my dad, mom, brothers and sister. The six of us pulled out of our driveway in Dearborn, Michigan in a 1970 Ford LTD, hauling a pop-up camper. Our first stop was the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. I’ll never forget that trip. Now I live in Washington, DC, with the National Mall and Memorial Parks in my own backyard.

The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service invites everyone to Find Your Park. I hope this post inspires YOU to connect with, enjoy, and support our National Parks!

Arches National Park in Utah (Photo from Arches National Park)

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Badlands National Park in South Dakota (Photo from Badlands National Park)

The United States Capitol is at the east end of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. (Creative Commons Photo courtesy of Tyrol5)

The United States Capitol is at the east end of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. (Creative Commons Photo courtesy of Tyrol5)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. (Photo from Mount Rushmore National Memorial)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota (Photo from Mount Rushmore National Memorial)

 

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

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The United States Postal Service's 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler

The United States Postal Service’s 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler and illustrated by Kam Mak

Today, February 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) celebrates Lunar New Year by issuing its 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background, illustrated by Kam Mak. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous series of Lunar New Year stamps to create continuity between the series. (READ MORE)

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Magazine Cover Design: Field & Stream

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​Field & Stream Issue: June Circ: 1.25 million Editor: Anthony Licata Design Director: Sean Johnston Publishing Company: Bonnier

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Issue: June
Circ: 1.25 million
Editor: Anthony Licata
Design Director: Sean Johnston
Publishing Company: Bonnier

 

There aren’t a lot of magazines that feature “regular people” on their covers, but for Field & Stream, that’s business as usual. Still, for its June 2015 issue, the magazine skewed that concept younger—much younger. (MORE)

 

Grounded Architecture

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The cabin’s asymmetrical roof is covered in grey slate.

Zecc Architects, along with interior designer Roel van Norel, designed a compact “recreationhouse” in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The cabin’s clean, modern design creates a strong connection to the surrounding woods and features privacy shutters that change its look. Photography by Stijnstijl. All images courtesy of Zecc Architects.  (MORE)

The shutters are opened during the day, illuminating the space within with natural light.

The shutters are opened during the day, illuminating the interior with natural light.

The movable shutters can be shut during the evenings when privacy is required.

The movable shutters can be shut during the evenings when privacy is required.

One long room contains the bedroom, kitchen and dining area.

One long room contains the bedroom, kitchen and dining area.