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PLEASE NOTE: This is the VERY LAST "Even Keel" mini-print, so grab it while you can! And if you're in the Tacoma, WA area, please convo us if you'd like to arrange local pickup.

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"My circumstances compel me to become master of my own boat."

— Eliza Thorrold

This hand-pulled letterpress print is printed from hand-lettered original typography and hand-drawn illustrations and patterns (in fact, everything was done by hand, the hard way!). This piece is a collaboration between Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press.

This is an "unofficial" member of the Dead Feminists broadsides series, a small letterpress keepsake done in the style and spirit of the series, designed as a keepsake to commemorate its sister piece, a large 3-foot-by-3-foot steamroller print we created at the 2011 Roadworks Festival in San Francisco, CA.

Here's a link to the large steamroller print:

"Even Keel" is stuffed to the gills with symbols of nautical San Francisco. Eliza takes the helm along the brightly-colored shore, surrounded by a foggy Golden Gate Bridge, a trio of sea lions, a migrating humpback whale, and the city skyline. A parrot of Telegraph Hill perches on the starboard side, and there's plenty of salt water taffy in the cargo hold.

The piece was printed by hand (this is not a reproduction!) on an antique Vandercook Universal One press, on archival, 100% rag (cotton) paper, and then hand-colored with watercolor. Each piece is signed and numbered by both artists.

Paper size: 7 x 7 inches
Edition size: 60 prints
Paper has four deckle (torn) edges

Note: because each print is individually hand-colored, please allow for slight differences between the print you receive and the one pictured here.

Eliza Thorrold (1860 -1935) was the first licensed female tugboat master on San Francisco Bay. After Charles, her husband who piloted the Ethel & Marion before her, died an untimely death, she fought for and received her operator’s license to continue their tug business in his stead and provide for her family. After she left the high seas and entered retirement as a landlubber, she became master of her own taffy pull by opening a successful ice cream and candy shop with her son. To learn more about Eliza's life and those of other women mariners, visit the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on your next trip to the City by the Bay!

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Thank you!


This original artwork is copyright Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring 2011. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this print. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.

WA state residents are subject to sales tax.

The print is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer, via USPS Priority mail.
Chandler & Jessica

LAST ONE Even Keel original Dead Feminists letterpress mini print featuring quote by Eliza Thorrold


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