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Archival Baggage: De Martini Messenger Bags

Outside De Martini shop, NYC, mid-1990s Basic model, De Martini messenger bag I bought my first bike messenger bag from De Martini/Globe Canvas in the mid 1990s. I had read about the De Martini bags, and the company’s owner, Frank De Martini, a sail-maker by trade, in Bicycle Guide magazine. At the time, De Martini …

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Archival Eyewear: 1968 Preview

High School (Wiseman 1968) An article in the June 10, 2009 Thursday Styles section of the NY Times declared round sunglasses the hot fashion trend of 2009. Article author Eric Wilson writes: This summer…the memo for sunglasses says circles are in. Very round shapes, as round as goggles in some cases, appeared in the recent …

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Archival Installation

Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times.  A new installation by Harry Shearer includes, from left, a steady John McCain; a sullen James Carville; a sedate Henry A. Kissinger. Final NY Times article submission to the 2008 archives.  Excerpt: In his exhibition “The Silent Echo Chamber,” now at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum here, Mr. …

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Archival Wafers

Jodi Hilton for The New York Times Another NY Times article for the archives about an enduring, American business with a traditional product offering: communion wafers. Favorite pull quote: Some customers say the Cavanaghs have such a big market share because their product is about as close to perfect as earthly possible. “It doesn’t crumb, …

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