Celebrate People's History: The Dil Pickle Club

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Marc Moscato
Dean Rank
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
September 2009
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Poster is titled “The Dil Pickle Club." A blue and white poster where the left side of the image is entirely taken by a treehouse at the top of a tree. The title is at the top and there is text down the right side. There is more filling the bottom above the Celebrate People's History logo. Text reads: “1914—1933. A literary nightspot at the heart of the Chicago renaissance. Around the corner from Bughouse Square, down Tooker Alley, was Chicago’s radical nexus billed the Dil Pickle Club. Here, every openness on the road to anarchy was extolled through plays, dancing, readings, lectures, and heckling. The ringleaders asked, “Are you a nut about anything?” “If so, Jack Jones and the Dil Pickle Club went looking for you. “The Impresarios! Jack Jones, arsonist, bomb maker, and Wobbly. Jim Larkin, trade union leader and social activist, on the lam from Dublin. Slim Brundage, beatnik janitor and founder of the college of complexes. Ben Reitman, clap doctor and lover to Emma Goldman. “Home to hobohemians, newberry librarians, derelicts, ozone orators, poets, painters, journalists, sex workers, Wobblies, professors, lawyers, doctors, and earnest young husbands and wives.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.