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There are exactly 889 individual travel posters in the Los Angeles Public Library’s possession and I am without a doubt the only person to have seen each and every one. My name is Kaitlyn Levesque and I have had the privilege of spending my summer with the LAPL as the 2014 Getty Multicultural Intern. My job--give a much needed home and inventory to the LAPL's collection of vintage travel posters.

 The Los Angeles Public Library has many archival newspaper databases. You can find these resources by going to the Research and Homework  page on the LAPL website. Select “Newspapers” as a subject, and click on  the “Find It” button.

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Since today is National Aviation Day, let's take a brief look at Charles Lindbergh.  Like some of you, I’m sure, I was only passingly familiar with the story of Charles Lindbergh.  I’d never done any extensive reading or research on the man or his historic solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, so I found the details of his story told in One Summer to be fascinating.

Stamp collecting is an extremely popular and diversified hobby with around 60 million collectors. Approximately 5 million people in the United States are stamp collectors. The hobby is also very popular in Great Britain, China, India, and Singapore. It is estimated that China alone has one-third of the world’s collectors.

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“Popular culture represents a common denominator, something that cuts across most economic, social and educational barriers.”- Edward Jay Whetmore

I have always felt it was a shame that so many maps and the stories they tell are buried in drawers where no one can hear them. Over the past decade and a half I have been able to let some of these cartographic stories see the light of day in exhibits and through the flawed magic of the Internet.

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