Jun
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2009
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What is the CIA World Factbook?

CIA World Factbook 1995 cover (PD)The United States Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA), was created in 1947 to provide senior US policymakers with information related to national security. The CIA collects information (“intelligence”), correlates it in relation to national security, and disseminates it appropriately. Here’s what the CIA says about itself on its Kids’ Page: The CIA is an independent [&hel[more...]

Jun
23
2009
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What is the history of book cover illustrations?

Old book covers, mostly from the Ohio Preservation Council: "The World" 1848, "Drifting" 1881, "Huckleberry Finn" 1885, "Their Canoe Trip" 1889, "Two Girls" 1900, "House Behind the Cedars" 1900, "Candle-Lightin' Time" 1901, "The Sky Blue" 1903 (PD)Perhaps surprisingly, book cover illustrations don’t go back very far. Not so long ago, before the 1820s, books were usually sold without any cover. Just a stack of unbound printed sheets. You would then go to a bookbinder and commission a binding and cover. Books were expensive, and the additional cost of a hand-crafted binding [&hel[more...]

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