I believe it's closed now, but in 2000, I briefly worked in a cavernous, decrepit bookstore called Amitin's, in downtown St. Louis. Boxes upon boxes upon boxes of used books, teetering in the aisles, everything in various states of disrepair and sometimes decomposition. In rare cases where books had to be discarded, Larry Amitin, the endearingly cranky owner, would remove striking book covers and sell them for a few bucks each. When Christmas rolled around, I made scans of these covers, burning them onto CDs for a few graphic designer friends. These textures and patterns come in handy in the past, and I'm sure others will find something useful as well.
I just wanted to take a minute and thank Sean on behalf of all of the readers of Lost and Taken, it's always good to meet designers who outwardly help other designers through giving away free resources. That's what this website is all about after all. Sean's paper zine can be found here and here.
Here is a preview of the 15 textures included in the link at the bottom of the post:
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