Letterpress printing has been dying for more than a century. This year, we are celebrating (approximately) the 120th birthday of the nostalgia for traditional printing. It was in 1891 that William Morris founded his famous Kelmscott Press, where he set out to reinvigorate the traditional printing methods of Gutenberg, Jenson, and Caxton. And it was in 1892 that worsening conditions in the handset-type business forced 23 of the largest remaining type foundries in America to consolidate into the American Type Founders Company, where Henry Lewis Bullen began collecting one of the country’s largest type-founding and printing libraries, now housed at Columbia University, in New York.1 By the late 19th century, anxieties over the loss of the old ways of printing were already crystalizing.
The Millard Fillmore Bill was printed on a Chandler and Price New Style letterpress at the Manchester Press on warm white 90lb Stonehenge acid free paper in August of 2008. The Fillmore Bills are approximately 6.14″ x 2.61″ printed on front and signed on reverse.
Signed and Numbered Edition of 400 (with 26 lettered edition bill sets) by Fritz Swanson and Jason Polan.
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26 bills have been printed on handmade, Nepalese LOKTA paper and will be carried around by Fritz Swanson and Jason Polan in their wallet for one week each. The bills will be signed, lettered, and the week of the wallet carrying will be documented by each artist. Corresponding (clean) lettered Fillmore Bill on Stonehenge will accompany your wallet Fillmore Bill.
In the movie Good Will Hunting, the character that Matt Damon plays first gets seen by the famous MIT Math Professor while he is doing graffiti on the chalkboard in the hall but it turns out it is not graffiti but a solution to a difficult proof! (This is the second time he was solving some very difficult high level math problem secretively). I have always liked this movie and the shapes he was making in this scene, maybe because I have no idea what they are and maybe because they remind me of an Eames design. I was watching the movie while I was eating cereal but stopped when he was drawing those chalk abstract shapes and drew them on a little piece of paper. Then I thought it would be pretty neat to make an edition of this.
Fritz Swanson printed this edition by hand on a Chandler and Price New Style Letterpress at The Manchester Press. The edition is printed on Dur-O-Tone Steel Gray Paper made by the French Paper Company in Niles, Michigan. The paper has been hand cut to 5.75″ x 3.75″ . The edition was printed from a copper plate made at Owosso Graphic Art in Owosso, Michigan.
They are signed in pencil on reverse and numbered in an edition of 72.
I just looked again at the scene and realize I missed a line on the far right shape in the middle row. Do not tell anyone.
Produced on Fabriano 6.7″x4.5″ (170×115 mm) paper in an edition of 26 (with one additional AP and one PP). Each print is signed and numbered on the reverse in pencil. Each print in the edition is a little different.
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