Rona Schneider Fine Prints
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  Eli Jacobi   (1898-1984)

 
  CHATHAM SQUARE EL, 1932. Signed and titled in pencil. Stamped "Made by W.P.A./Federal Art Project/N.Y.C."

This is one of the best and scarcest prints from Jacobi's great Bowery Series. It was reproduced in The WPA Guide to New York City. IF I HAD A MILLION, the title lettered on the marquee, was a Paramount movie directed by Ernst Lubitsch, with W.C. Fields, Charles Laughton, and Gary Cooper. It was the typical escapist entertainment that helped people get through the dreary days of the Great Depression. The El and all these buildings are now gone, so this image stands as a record of that place and time. Expertly rebacked with mulberry paper.
 
 
  Linocut, 9 3/4" x 7 7/8". $4000.
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