man breathes calico

One of the other patterns from the ventilation lectures I came up with was a kind of calico reminiscent thing. I like it? I think? I’m not sure what I’d do with it, but maybe someone does.

A delicate pattern that, upon closer view, is a bit more scary and relevant than you might have realized! Just remember, wear masks and ventilate.

Based on the cover and illustrations for the 1866-67 Lewis Leeds lectures on ventilation delivered in the Franklin Institute, “Man’s Own Breath Is His Greatest Enemy” and published in 1869 by Wiley. A copy of the full text was digitized by the University of California Libraries and may be seen at

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I mean, it actually isn’t bad as a parlor wallpaper or sheet set for someone who wants to riff off of old-fashioned.