graphic art

America’s Shameful History of Housing Discrimination

America’s Shameful History of Housing Discrimination

This is a brilliant comic by Jamie Hibdon and Sarah Mirk.

For what it’s worth, the very first place I lived with my parents was a Levitown development in Hicksville, New York. I have pictures of the little white cape, white picket fence and all the houses looking pretty much the same. My father was a returning GI who no doubt qualified for a loan to buy there. Given my parents’ politics I doubt the reason they bought there was racially motivated but my father was a real estate broker so no doubt he was well aware of the policies noted in this piece. We lived there for four years, then moved to an apartment closer to where my father was working.

The Fresh Air interview with Richard Rothstein noted in the comic is here:

A ‘Forgotten History’ of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

Eastern European matchbox labels

german matchbox label

Flickr member Jane McDevitt is a phillumenist which means she collects (and scans) matchbox labels. Her collection of matchbox labels from eastern Europe is one of the finest I’ve ever seen. Incredible stuff and reminiscent of Russian constructivist art. Scanning through the entire thing is like a graphical history lesson. I collect as well but haven’t started the process of scanning yet. It’s a big job…

german matchbox label

czechoslovakian matchbox label

polish matchbox label

polish matchbox label

czechoslovakian matchbox label