9.08.2008

you scream, i scream

we all scream for ice cream! Well, at least I did this past weekend at the Brimfield Antique Show where I found these fun 50s pop-art prints. They are actually rare (don't they all say that?), original press sheets from an early 50s print job. You can see the registration marks, notes and all. The chocolate ice cream is from a 2000-sheet run, using 5 colors (CMYK +one special mix? it doesn't specify), with 6-up—meaning that there are 6 "items" on one sheet - each dish will be cut out at the end to create a finished piece. The ice cream dishes are flipped around in order to use the paper in the most economical way.

The cones are huge. I'd estimate 2-2.5 feet in length. I think they were to be die cut and used as streamers. Can't you picture these hanging from the ceiling or outdoor patio of a little 50s diner or grille? With waitresses wearing poodle skirts and cat-eye glasses and jetting about on roller skates?

This is the type of stuff that inspired Andy Warhol and other artists of his time.
And now it will hang in my kitchen. That is, once it has been remodeled.

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