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"History of New York" Silkscreened Poster Jem Cohen '87


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"History of New York" Silkscreened Poster Jem Cohen '87

DESCRIPTION: MINT condition, silkscreened poster (16 3/8" x 22 3/8" [416mm x568mm]) for a film by Jem Cohen entitled "This is a History of New York - The Golden Dark Age of Reason", 1987.  This poster was made to promote a film by my friend Jem Cohen, who I went to high school with in Washington, DC.  Jem is a filmmaker in NYC who among other things, did the Fugazi "Instrument" movie.  Poster features a still taken (I believe) from the film itself, of Wall Street in New York, with the hand of the statue of George Washington looming overhead, done in 3 colors of ink on plain white paper.  Jem had the image he wanted to feature, and I took care of the typography.  Poster was printed by hand by me (and Jem may have helped, I can't remember) in the garage of Dischord House.  I think we printed around 200 of these posters, but far fewer than that were deemed acceptable, since printing the large background halftone on this poster was a royal pain. Either the ink would keep drying in the screen, or too much ink would come through, and many, many posters were rejected for having either big white blank spots or big black blotches in the sky. For those of you unfamiliar with the silk-screen process, each color was printed separately, so for instance every poster would be printed with yellow ink, and then laid out to dry all over the place. Once dry, the posters were gathered up again, and using a different screen, the next color was printed on each poster, and this was repeated for however many colors the design used. All this was done by hand, and using the most rudimentary, homemade equipment imaginable. Therefore, the exactnesss of the registration between the various colors would vary greatly from poster to poster, making each one truly different from the next. Of course, I saved some of the best ones, and therefore the poster for auction here is from among those chosen as the best of those printed.

CONDITION: This poster is mint - It is a 10 out of 10, 10 being pristine. Might even be an 11! It has been kept flat for 24 years, and the colors are as vibrant as the day it was printed. It has been moved around to 3 different houses in that time, which makes the shape it's in all the more amazing. I have striven to describe things as accurately as possible, and offer a full refund if you are not totally happy with your purchase. 

THE PRICE: I'm sure that some of you may find the starting bid to be a bit high, but all I can say is that you most likely not there toiling away, day after day, night after night, to print these in the filthy garage with rain coming through the roof, water coming in from the driveway, no heat, no air conditioning, flies, mosquitoes, disgusting cave crickets or hoppers, and rats, all the while getting headaches, rotted cuticles and who knows what else from the horrible xylene-based inks and screen wash. Posters such as this took between fifty and a hundred hours to design, prepare for printing, and print, and it has further been a pain in the ass storing this and other large posters for years, keeping them flat, safe and dry. I know that none of the bands appearing on these posters I'm selling are household names, and therefore are likely not in such immediate demand.  But we always tried very hard to produce beautiful, lasting posters for our bands, a poor man's art, and I like to think that most of the posters my friends and I printed have stood up pretty well, as nice things to look at!  As I said, most of the posters we printed were slapped up with wheat paste, and given away, and as a result pristine copies are rather hard to come by. If little interest is shown in them now, I'll just hold on to them for another couple decades - and then you'll see! But you, you who have read this far, you are different -you are finding yourself agreeing with everything I'm saying, and you are finding yourself drawn to these posters featuring bands you've never heard of - you know you are wanting them, all of them, and you are finding yourself unable to stop yourself from bidding on them! You know you are wanting my old pieces of paper at any cost, and you are happily giving me the contents of your wallet.

PROVENANCE: This poster is unconditionally guaranteed to be 100% original, from 1987. It is NOT a modern-day copy - it is an original poster from 1987, and comes from my punk archives, which are being downsized after continuing to be described as "too big" and "insane" or containing "more than my potential kids or grandkids will ever want."  Please see my auction for lots of other punk/hardcore flyers and records as well as other jetsam, things you didn't realize you needed, etc. 

PAYMENT: Ohio Residents add 6.75% Sales Tax to item total (not shipping).  Payment by PayPal only, says eBay.  Please pay within 3 days of auction end.

SHIPPING: Poster will be very carefully rolled, protected with tissue or tracing paper, and placed in a strong  tube.  Priority Mail will be calculated at auction's end.  I am charging $ 2.55 in "handling fees" to cover Insurance and Delivery Confirmation.  Outside of USA, reasonable Airmail rates apply. I'll be happy to give you a quote for postage to your country.  If you might bid on some other posters or flyers I have up for auction, just let me know - I'll be happy to combine shipping, and in so doing save you money, me effort, and the Earth trees.

REFUNDS: I guarantee 100% the authenticity of everything I am selling, and strive to describe the condition of items as accurately as possible.  I will only accept returns if you have e-mailed me first and I have agreed to refund your money.

EXCITING LIST OF SEARCH WORDS: DC hardcore, emo, Punk archivist, punk packrat, too much stuff, huge gas bills, thank goodness spring has sprung, eating pizza in the garage, eating pizza in the basement, I really like pizza.  New York City has some very good pizza, but the first place I ever ate pizza was in 1975 when I lived in Afghanistan, and Jem was born in Afghanistan!  Fighting rats in garage, fighting rats in basement, horrible printing conditions, silk screen, silky undergarments.
Payment by PayPal only, according to eBay. Please pay within 3 or 4 days of auction end. Thanks!
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