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The Cooper-Hewitt Museum was founded in 1896. It was originally named Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration and it fell under the wing of theCooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. In 1895, the granddaughters of Peter Cooper, Sarah Cooper Hewitt, Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Amy Hewitt Green, asked the Cooper Union...
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Matchsafe, In This Youll Find a Match, ca. 1890
DO YOU HAVE A LIGHT?
Matches seem almost trivial to us in 2014. However, carrying matches was once a novelty and feat of man’s ability to harness instantaneous fire.  Gas-powered lighters and safety matches in matchboxes were not available on a wide scale until the 1930s. Wooden friction matches were first invented about a hundred years earlier, but were fickle...
a cluster of red thumbprints on the left and black thumbprints on the right. Text beneath says "Sent from a device with tiny keys."
Happy Holidays
This holiday greeting was designed by Paula Scher, winner of the 2013 National Design Award for Communication Design. Scher has been at the forefront of graphic design for four decades. Iconic, smart, and accessible, her images are part of the American vernacular. Known for her reimagining of typography as a communicative medium, she has said,...