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Bookplates

I picked up the book ‘Bookplates’ published in 1956 from a local bookshop. It’s full of miniature personalised works of art. A bookplate (or booklabel), also known as ex-librīs (Latin, “from the books of…”), is…

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Japanese Matchbox Labels

Some favourites from my collection of Japanese matchbox labels. Due to the visual style, subject matter and language barrier I find them more interesting and intriguing than western ones. Images of nightlife, bars, shops, glamorous…