Item #29883 Mechanized Opium. Zephyrus Image.

Mechanized Opium

San Francisco: Zephyrus Image, nd. First edition. 9 1/4 x 14" broadside, linocut no newsprint.

An early broadside from the press, dating from the Collins Street days, and with the newsprint paper utilized, and early spelling of the press name as "Zephyrous", similar in feel to the companion pieces Help Your Local Junkie Kick and Liberate Berkeley.

Johnston's description of the broadside is worth quoting in full. "Another early untitled image by Myers with his characteristic bilateral symmetry and organic shapes combined with mechanized ones.Gatling guns (?), skinny Indian opium smokers rising out of a lotus, surmounted by a nude woman." - Johnston p. 186.

This is the first state of the poster, not to be confused with the later second state of the broadside entitled International Harvester, which used the same block but added other elements and used the later spelling of the press name. In this state, one of the scarcer ZI broadsides.

A battered example, with toning, creasing, and several chips missing from margins, though not affecting text or image. Item #29883

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