2010.54.19620

Books are Nothing But Men Talking to Everyone
c. 1980
17.375 in HIGH x 11.25 in WIDE
(44.13 cm HIGH x 28.57 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.
2010.54.19620

Printed to the bottom right of the image "S. Ivanov, 1920".

Poster has black ink printed on beige paper. At the top is a stylized image of a man standing on a platform addressing a large crowd, pointing at a large book behind him, behind held by massive hands extending from the heavens. At the bottom of the poster is "books are nothing but men talking to everyone / Bread & Roses Bookshop, San Jose".

Bread and Roses Bookshop was an important alternative presence in the San Jose area. It was founded in 1972 by James Robert "Bob" Lindsay, a Communist Party member and labor organizer, and his wife Barbara Sterne. Originally, the bookstore was near San Jose State College, where some progressive professors ordered their textbooks through the store and students came by to hear political speakers and authors. The store moved several times, always farther away from campus and the town center where students and walk-in customers could support it. Eventually the bookshop closed in 1992 because of Bob's poor health and the store's low profitability. [LMC]

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