Three agitational stickers from "The Battle of Boston," 1974-5

N.p. [Boston?]: [Red Dragon Print Collective, ca 1974]. Exceedingly ephemeral productions of the Red Dragon Print Collective, the underground publishing arm of the Weather Underground from 1973 until the group's dissolution in 1976. The collective printed from soundproof rooms, changing locations frequently, even wearing gloves to prevent fingerprints from being detected on their work. These three stickers clearly intended for distribution in Boston during the city's school busing crisis of 1975-76: all three include slogans attacking the segregation of public schools, with one specifically mentioning Boston and stating: "Black students have the right to attend any school in this city;" another urging protesters to "Fight for Quality Education, Dump the School Committee!." A contemporary (1975) article in the first issue of the WUO journal Osawatomie confirms the group's involvement in the stickering campaign and suggests a printing date prior to January, 1975; in a summary of the Organization's activities in protesting the busing crisis (which the WUO referred to as "The Battle of Boston"), the article states: "...from underground, we have put up antiracist stickers [emphasis ours] and talked with people in white working-class communities, we've also stink-bombed the offices of the School Committee and marched in the National March Against Racism on December 14..." (Osawatomie, v.1 no.1, (Mar 1975); as quoted in Dan Berger, Outlaws of America: the Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 2005; p.232). A rare survival, not previously seen by us, not noted in commerce and none held institutionally per OCLC listings (2019). Three offset handbills with gummed adhesive to verso, each ca. 4" x 5", printed in black or black and red on white stock. Slight edgewear and browning to margins, still Very Good or better overall. Each with printing slug of Red Dragon Print Collective at lower right.

Price: $250.00

Go Back