Summer in New York begins the moment the first fire hydrant gets cracked open. Soon, neighborhood pools will be packed with kids playing hooky on the last few days of school, and even the most homebodyish New Yorkers will venture out for a little sunbathing in the park. Pull out your brightest prints, dust off your boombox, and head to Sal’s for a slice. It’s summertime and the livin’ is, indeed, easy.   

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No one draws an anthropomorphic animal quite like Tuesday Bassen. Her childlike humor brings a dash of fun (see: bicycling rabbits; alligators on parade) to the uber-sophisticated world of online greeting cards.

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Dear Dad,
Thanks for almost everything. (When you’re ready to part ways with your ‘69 Camaro, just let us know.)

Father’s Day is June 15th. Send Dad a card at paperlesspost.com.

We’re planning on spending the summer sipping delicious beverages outdoors—rooftops, poolsides, anywhere really—and it seems that great minds think alike. For Deborah Lloyd, kate spade new york’s Chief Creative Director, it’s all about authentic bellinis and orchards of cherry trees. Why yes, we’d love to join you, Ms. Lloyd. 

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On June 17th, Sotheby’s will auction the most expensive object by weight and size ever sold: the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, a one-of-a-kind stamp with an infamous history. Paperless Post CEO James Hirschfeld sat down with David Redden of Sotheby’s to talk stamps, design, and the value of virtual paper.

Read part one of this conversation on Sothebys.com. Our favorite quote: “$50,000 for a bunch of ducks is a lot of money.”

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The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is a singular object. Delicate and wisp-like yet striking in its color, it is the only surviving stamp of a limited run from 1856. Shrouded in more mystery than one might expect of a 26-millimeter-tall stamp, its story brings together an unlikely cast: a twelve-year-old schoolboy; an Austrian nobleman; a textile tycoon and his entrepreneurial widow; a collector who traveled the world with the stamp handcuffed to his wrist; and a convicted murderer who died in prison just four years ago. Rumor has it that a second surviving stamp surfaced in 1938, only to be burned to ash immediately upon purchase.

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