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Books & Magazines January, 26 2011

Steven Heller on Prison Stripes

There is some history we don’t want surfacing as a fashion trend. (We’re looking at you, Neighborhood). That said, Steven Heller’s “Stripes Strip Humanity” from imprint is terrific and our tip for read of the day. He begins, “Prison uniforms are graphically designed so an inmate can be immediately recognized as such. Originally a horizontal white and black ‘bee-striped’ uniform was the most popular (and stereotypical) prison garb in the U.S.. Striped prison uniforms commonly used in the 19th and twentieth centuries were abolished in the United States during the mid century because ‘their continued use as a badge of shame was considered undesirable.'”

The rest, complimented by some fantastic photographs, can be read here.

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