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$144 a month : life in the safety net

$144 a month : life in the safety net / Steve Bogira ; photographs by Mike Tappin.
Bogira, Steve
Chicago : Sherwin Beach Press, 1993.

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8 unnumbered pages, 20 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations; 24 x 33 cm
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One-hundred forty-four dollars a month
Artists' books – Illinois – Chicago – 1993.
  • "Originally published 1983 by the Chicago Reader."--Title page verso.
  • "This is number ... of an edition limited to 200. The photographs were printed in duotone lithography by Rohner Printing of Chicago. The body type is Century Expanded cast by M & H of San Francisco. Drop caps are foundry Egyptian Bold Condensed of unknown provenance. The title page was set on the Macintosh in Egyptian Bold Condensed from Alphabets, Inc. and Adobe Century Schoolbook, and printed from photopolymer plates. The paper is Johannot. The book was designed by Robert McCamant, handset and printed by Martha Chiplis, and bound by Trisha Hammer."--Colophon.
  • Signatures sewn onto leather thongs which are laced through handmade paper covers. Title letterpress printed on the front. Front and back pastedowns printed with frayed cheesecloth.
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Rare Books+ 20-988
Bogira, Steve, author.
$144 a month : life in the safety net / Steve Bogira ; photographs by Mike Tappin.
Chicago : Sherwin Beach Press, 1993.
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"This powerful and poignant book, written in 1983, and first published in the Chicago Reader, is the story of people living, or trying to live, on General Assistance, a now-discontinued Illinois program that was the last resort of those who did not qualify for other 'more genreous' forms of welfare. Each person developed a personal strategy to circumvent the system and get by on the state allotment of $144 a month. Many turned to Marillac House, a settlement house on the West Side of Chicago, for emergency food and clothing. Author Bogira does a remarkable job of getting his subjects to tell their own stories. The book also contains four portraits by hotographer Mike Tappin. The pictures reinforce the sense of dignity felt in the subject's words. Selected as one of 48 books exhibited in 'Dressing the Text' at the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County. Also selected as one of 44 books exhibited in the book design section of Felice Feliciano in Verona, Italy"--Provided by bookseller, Kelmscott Bookshop.
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Copy in Rare Books+ 20-988 is no. 6 of 200 copies.
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Tappin, Mike, photographer.
McCamant, Bob, artist.
Chiplis, Martha, printer.
Hammer, Trisha, binder.
Sherwin Beach Press, publisher.
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One-hundred forty-four dollars a month
Research Call Number
Rare Books+ 20-988
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