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Geiger’s Counter: The printed word will never die

The Story of the Recorded Word is a series of four panels by artist Edward Laning that adorns the arched walls of the fabulous McGraw Rotunda in the main branch of the New York Public Library. The panels were commissioned as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project and completed during the period 1938-1942. WPA was the forerunner of today’s failed stimulus projects. The acronym for it was often derided as standing for ‘We Piddle Around’ but that is a column ‘“ a long column ‘“ for another day.

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