By Laura Russell
Artist Book; Archival pigment print. Pamphlet stitch cover and stepped-fold accordion interior.
4 x 8.5 inches closed. Accordion extends to 15.5 inches
Edition of 25
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About this print:
Book Two of my Show & Tell Chapbook Series
"Slappy once had a wall job so big that it took a gallon of paint just to dot the “i.” And Slappy used skyhooks to hold up his scaffold so he could paint ads on the clouds."—William Stage
Ghost Signs, Brick Wall Signs in America
Wall Dog is a nickname for the commercial sign painters who worked their way across the country from around 1880 to 1940. They were skilled craftsmen and artists whose work reveals a lot about the history of a building, a community and it’s culture. Vintage wall signs are often called ghost signs because ads were painted on top of other, older ads. Over the years, the faint lettering of the signs underneath gradually “appear” like apparitions, melding two signs into an odd language. The sign featured in this book seems to proclaim that Snowdrift shortening is “delicious and refreshing” and that Coca-Cola is good for cakes. The accompanying poem imagines Slappy as told by his intrepid female assistant.
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