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Firecracker Press, 2002-2014 | MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

By Alexis Peregoy

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Collection Overview

Title: Firecracker Press, 2002-2014Add to your cart.

ID: MGHL/mghl00020

Primary Creator: Firecracker Press (2002-)

Other Creators: Eric Woods

Extent: 14.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into the following series:

Series 1: Posters

Series 2: Books

Series 3: Printed Ephemera

Within each series, the collection is arranged by size.

Date Acquired: 09/00/2013. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Contemporary (style of art), Letterpress printing, Relief printing

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes original posters and broadsides, books, and printed ephemera created by the Firecracker Press company.

Printed ephemera includes in-house projects and commissioned projects, such as invitations, cards, coasters, product tags, t-shirts, fliers, stationery, business cards, CD jackets, calendars, menus, and other various work.

Collection Historical Note

The Firecracker Press is a letterpress and graphic design studio located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was founded in 2002 by owner Eric Woods. The Firecracker Press uses letterpress printing techniques to create posters, cards, invitations and other paper goods. Their philosophy is stated on their website as:

"We combine antique printing technology with new thinking to design and produce objects that people enjoy seeing and feeling. We use computer design software to conceive ideas but still carve woodblocks and print by hand..."

The shop is currently located at 2838 Cherokee Street and has become an active participant in the neighborhood's recent renaissance through activities such as the Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale. They moved to this location in May 2008 from a previous shop on Chippewa. The shop houses a retail space in front, with workspace and the print shop in the back of the building. There are currently ten printing presses in the shop, whose manufacturing dates range from the 1890s to 1990s. The Riverfront Times designated the shop part of the Best New Local Art Trend in their 2009 Best Of St. Louis Issue.

The Firecracker Press puts out a poetry magazine twice a year called The Lumberyard in conjunction with Typecast Publishing. The Lumberyard has received the 2009 Platinum Award for Graphic Design in the Louisville Graphic Design Association 100 show and several Several Awards of Merit from the AIGA of St. Louis.

Subject/Index Terms

Contemporary (style of art)
Letterpress printing
Relief printing

Administrative Information

Repository: MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

Accruals: There are currently no accruals.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access.

Use Restrictions:

Some restrictions apply, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu.

Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials.

Users of the collection who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: The collection was purchased by the Modern Graphic History Library in September 2013.

Preferred Citation: Firecracker Press collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections.

Processing Information: This collection was processed by Alexis Peregoy in January 2015.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Alexis Peregoy in January 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Posters],
[Series 2: Books],
[Series 3: Printed Ephemera],
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Series 2: BooksAdd to your cart.
All books are designed and printed by Firecracker Press using letterpress and relief printing techniques using ink and paper, unless otherwise noted.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 5th Annual Cherokee Print League Holiday Sale Passport and Map, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Get Born, v. 1, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Get Born, v. 2, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Get Up, Jack (author Tom Bussmann)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kemper Art Museum blank notebookAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Pee PeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Thursdays at the Intersection, Summer Concert SeriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Blank notebook, spiralAdd to your cart.
No folder
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 24 Tall Boys: Dark Verse for Light Times (author Richard Newman)Add to your cart.
Collection of poems. Cover design and printing done by Firecracker Press.
Folder 2: A Heart I Carved for a Girl I Knew (author Chris King), 2006Add to your cart.
Collection of poems.
Folder 3: A is for... (COCA Exhibit Book), 2011Add to your cart.
Center of Creative Arts exhibit. Postcard included.
Folder 4: Craving the Shelter (author Devin Kelly), 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ghosts are Hope (author Cole Swensen), 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Inferna (author Stefene Russell), 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Manual Feed, blank notebook, 2011Add to your cart.
Event
Folder 8: Observable Readings, 2006-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Pink Skunk Clownfish (author Joe Esser), 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Plausible Worlds (author Aaron Belz), 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Readings at the Contemporary, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Readings at the Tap Room, 2005-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sermons and Lectures, Both Blank and Relentless (poems by Matt Hart)Add to your cart.
Three books plus CD included. Item is not in a folder.
Folder 14: Some of These Have Appeared (author Philip Gounis)Add to your cart.
Collection of poems
Folder 15: The Shape of a Man (author Chris King), 2012Add to your cart.
Collection of poems
Folder 16: To the Sun at Anchor (author Gabriel Gudding), 2007Add to your cart.
Collection of poems
Folder 17: Blank notebook, spiralAdd to your cart.
Printing and binding done by Firecracker Press. No folder.
Folder 18: Blank notebook, limited edition by Firecracker Press, 2003Add to your cart.
Notebook in sleeve. No folder.
Folder 19: Natural Bridge, No. 20, 2008Add to your cart.
Winter edition, 2008. A Journal of Contemporary Literature, University of Missouri - St. Louis. No folder.
Folder 20: Natural Bridge, No. 22, 2009Add to your cart.
Fall edition, 2009. A Journal of Contemporary Literature, University of Missouri - St. Louis. No folder.
Folder 21: Imperial Benders (author Amanda Smeltz), 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Monkey Bars (author Matthew Lippman), 2010Add to your cart.
Hardback. Cover and interior art designed by Eric Woods of Firecracker Press.
Folder 23: Oil + Water, 2010Add to your cart.
Some water damage in lower left corner.
Folder 24: Pearls are a Nuisance, Art Chantry Exhibit, 2005Add to your cart.
Version 1 of 3.
Folder 25: Pearls are a Nuisance, Art Chantry Exhibit, 2005Add to your cart.
Version 2 of 3.
Folder 26: Pearls are a Nuisance, Art Chantry Exhibit, 2005Add to your cart.
Version 3 of 3.
Folder 27: (Please Don't) Steal this Poster, 2013Add to your cart.
Saint Louis University Special Collections, An Exhibition of Letterpress Prints by the Firecracker Press for the Billiken Club.
Folder 28: Scuffle Town (author Chris Mattingly), 2013Add to your cart.
Collection of poems.
Folder 29: The Epileptic Camel Driver Speaks to a Refugee Death: Elegy for Fakin' Floyd Raintree. Reverse side: Nailed Seraphim (author K. Curtis Lyle), 2007Add to your cart.
Collection of poems
Folder 30: This is What They Say (author M. Bartley Seigel), 2012Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 52nd City, 2006Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 2: 52nd City - Drink, 2006Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 3: 52nd City - Faith, 2006Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 4: 52nd City - Foreign Exchange, 2008Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 5: 52nd City - Sexy, 2008Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 6: 52nd City - Sporty, 2007Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 7: 52nd City - Stuff, 2007Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 8: 52nd City - Stupid, 2007Add to your cart.
Saint Louis Art, Literature, Media, Culture
Folder 9: Go South for Animal IndexAdd to your cart.
Published by Poetry Scores. Designed and printed by Firecracker Press.
Folder 10: The Argosy Experience Fun and Fundamentals, 2003Add to your cart.
Argosy Gaming Company 2003 Annual Report
Folder 11: The Lumberyard, issue 1, 2007Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 12: The Lumberyard, issue 2, 2008Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 13: The Lumberyard, issue 3, 2008Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 14: The Lumberyard, issue 4, 2009Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 15: The Lumberyard, issue 5, 2010Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Lumberyard, issue 6, 2010Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 2: The Lumberyard, issue 7, 2010Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 3: The Lumberyard, issue 8, 2011Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 4: The Lumberyard, issue 9, 2012Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 5: The Lumberyard, issue 10, 2012Add to your cart.
A magazine for poetry and design
Folder 6: Barking MadAdd to your cart.
Book jacket only.

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