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Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879: Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed

Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879:  Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed by Don Widmer
 
  • Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879:  Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed by Don Widmer
  • Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879:  Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed by Don Widmer
  • Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879:  Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed by Don Widmer
  • Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879:  Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed by Don Widmer
  • Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879:  Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Prints, Etchings & Lithographs

Title: Reproduction of a Page from the Penny Press, Feb. 13, 1879: Letterpress and Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper, Framed

Description: Penny press newspapers were tabloid-style newspapers that appeared in the mid-19th century. Machine-made using steam-powered presses, they were an inexpensive alternative (at the cost of one penny) to the handcrafted newspapers of the time, which cost around 6 cents. Reversing the technique, I took a headline which appeared in a penny press and re-created it by hand. The paper was made from a blend of sisal and cotton. Text was set by hand and letterpress printed using a combination of wood and metal type. The story is inspired by an 1877 murder which occurred in Cleveland, Ohio. An image of the murderer was pulp-painted in the background, using the paper pulp itself to create the image. As a side note, this page is also included in my artist book, Charlie, Forgive Me, which has pages made from red oak and an exposed binding made of suede cord. This artist book provides an imagined text from the point of view of the victim. The frame is made from recycled barn wood, weathered and silver gray in color. Saw tooth mounting on back. The artwork is floated on top of a black mat. The piece comes signed and numbered (this is number 1 in an edition of 13) with a one-page description of the process. Artwork Size: 17.5 x 11.5 inches (approximate); 44 x 29 cm. Frame Size: 24.5 x 18.25 inches; 62 x 46 cm.

Keywords: Cleveland, Ohio, Charles McGill, Mary Kelly, Murder, Penny press, typeset, 1879, Letterpress, Pulp painting, lionofbali, gun violence, Don Widmer Sisal, cotton, handmade paper, ink, matboard, wood frame

Theme: Vintage

Color: grays, blacks

Texture: Flat

Finish: Matted & Framed

Edition: Limited Edition

Style: Letterpress

Dimensions: 0'18.0" x 0'25.0" x 0'1.0"

Shipping: $25.00

Price: $150.00

Publish status: Live