OF LEAD GRAFFITI have always been politically aware, and given the current political climate along with the fact that we have a press, it is especially satisfying to bring the 2 together.
One of Lead Graffiti’s favorite let’s-put-some-ink-on-paper projects is a 6" x 4" postcard every 3 weeks or so that we send to all members of the U.S. Senate. We also include some other people who are important to us or who follow our work with a touch of obsession.
We usually produce the cards on the spur of the moment using handset metal type when a good topic, a good line, or a good idea pops up. We do not know what happens when the postcard gets delivered, but we imagine smiles and frowns with a bit of eye-rolling.
To special recipients we contribute an extra 4¢ to the sentiment with an original 1958 “Freedom of the Press” stamp.
We print and we vote.
AND A LITTLE SOMETHING for history buffs who got this far.
Join, or Die is a political cartoon, drawn by Benjamin Franklin and first published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754.The original publication by the Gazette is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America. It is a woodcut showing a snake cut into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initials of one of the American colonies or regions. New England was represented as one segment, rather than the four colonies it was at that time. Delaware was not listed separately as it was part of Pennsylvania. Georgia, however, was omitted completely. Thus, it has eight segments of snake rather than the traditional 13 colonies.