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Straight Edgers

Over at Boing Boing, Xeni Jardin wondered aloud if the term “straight edge” dated back to the beginning of the 20th century, as evidenced in these 1906 newspaper illustrations. It’s for real: I saw the menu for the Straight Edge Kitchen at New York Eats Out, a very cool NYPL exhibit.

Double FoldThe pictures, by the way, come from the American Newspaper Repository, which was founded by Nicholson Baker. Its origins are recounted in Double Fold.

6 January 2004 | uncategorized |