As a consequence of the prolonged strike, the renowned British poet, actor and activist Christopher Logue along with a group of top British Pop artists of the era including David Hockney, Allen Jones, Derek Boshier, Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, published ''Culture Carriers Stamp Out Art''to raise funds for the striking workers. The "stamps" were published in a limited edition of only 250 each (some artists, like Paolozzi and Allen Jones created more than one design.) Logue's contribution to the project was an image of a raised fist, with the words printed on the stamp:
"THE SLAVE WHO LIKES TO BE A SLAVE/NO POWER IN ALL THIS WORLD CAN SAVE - AND SLAVES WHO LOVE THER SLAVERY/CAN BE THE DEATH OF YOU AND ME"
He has then signed each work on the top right hand in ink with his initials. (This was a one-off collaboration, and poetic art works by Logue are not found too often!) The stamp itself measures 3.25 by 2.75 inches, and it is affixed to a franked (postmarked) envelope which measures 6 inches by 9 inches, bearing the stamped text "Culture Carriers 23 Feb 1971" on the top left, and the stamp "CULTURE CARRIERS STAMP OUT ART" on the lower left (front). and the stamp "STRIKE ISSUE" lower right front of the envelope. Very desirable as an ensemble. these were known as The Post Office Worker's Strike Commemoration Stamps. This particular piece has superb and interesting provenance, as it came from the private collection of the American art critic Anthony Haden-Guest. As additional provenance, we will furnish the buyer with a xerox copy of the receipt from Flair Magazine, and a list of buyers of the stamps -- as Haden-Guest was apparently tasked with collecting funds from collectors for their purchased works through Flair magazine.
This will look terrific when framed. An unusual and memorable conversation item - and a great piece of art historical ephemera. Own a piece of 1970s British Pop (and Royal Mail) - history!
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Signature: Signed in ink by Christopher Logue with his initials on the upper right of the lithographic stamp, affixed to the envelope. The artwork consists not just of the signed, limited edition Logue postage "stamp" (with his printed slavery poem) but also the franked envelope, which it is affixed to, with the stamps as described above. The entire mixed media piece is far more desirable than the stamp alone.
From the private collection of art critic Anthony Haden-Guest, who was tasked with selling some of these to collectors on behalf of Flair magazine