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Talked to Death Poster

Talked to Death Poster

Talked to Death Poster

Talked to Death Poster

Talked to Death Poster

This poster was inspired by many different versions,
the first being that of a graphic slogan published by Currier & Ives, circa 1873

Talked to Death Currier & Ives 1873

Then there was the famous McKinley vs Bryan presidential campaign of 1896. Apparently William Jennings Bryan, a candidate from about 1896 to 1913 was quite well-known for his long speeches and was frequently represented by a dead man in a coffin along with the phrase, "Talked to death."

McKinley vs Bryan 1896 campaign

McKinley vs Bryan 1896 campaign

I found this flier complete with this amazing poem written by John Smith on the hazards of being talked to death which was published sometime around 1910:

Talked to Death 1910 Flier

And then there were the miscellaneous generic type talked to death cards that were being handed out sometime around the 1930s.

Talked to Death Card

Talked to Death Card

I decided to create an updated version of the "Talked to Death" theme using my own interpretation while adding a lovely funerary atmosphere
as well as a pair of chattering teeth.

The message speaks volumes, the sentiment timeless.

This poster is 17 inches wide by 22 inches high,
generous black ink lushly printed on parchment stock.

Chattering Teeth

PLEASE NOTE: This poster image was hand-drawn by Madame Talbot using General's Cedar Pointe #333-2HB pencils on Crescent 201.6 Hot Press Medium Weight illustration board at original poster size. An antique Koh-i-Noor rapidograph pen and Dr. P. H. Martin's Bombay Black India ink were used for final inking.

After completion, the image was hand-delivered to Ryan Gwinner Press in Portland, Oregon and printed on an offset printing press.

Absolutely no computers were used in the creation of this poster - from start to finish.

The copyright notice is on the website image only and not on the printed poster.

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