2010.54.4751

We Want Bread and Roses too
c. 1982
17.00 in HIGH x 22.00 in WIDE
(43.18 cm HIGH x 55.88 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.
2010.54.4751


Poster is printed on off-white paper and has a border of red outlined roses with wheat. In the center is a black and white drawing of women protesting and holding signs, The sign reads, "We want bread and roses too." "I.W.W." and "On strike." The bottom center has "Bread and Roses Bookshop, San Jose." On the right and left side are stanzas from a song titled, Bread and Roses.

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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