In using exclusively found items to create most of the prints in the Western New York Book Arts Center printshop (AKA Mohawk Press), much of the design process is akin to the Iron Chef method of using what is on hand to do great things. For this print and many other letterpress prints, the size of the paper or the image block often dictate what fonts can be used or even what words can be spelled out. In using 100 year old wood type, there are often letters missing. In this case, we were short one capital U. we had one a few lines shorter but that looked conspicuous. Filling the voided space with two circle blocks created and Umlaut, which at first seemed like a silly move, but with Buffalo's large German immigrant population, actually a fitting nod to the ethnic heritage of Buffalo. An exclamation point at the end was considered but the full line was still a bit short. By using the Spanish upside-down exclamation point at the beginning, a nod to Buffalo's large latino population was added and the line fit much better. All other graphic elements were found images from the WNYBAC collection.
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