In the late 1950′s John and Marilyn Neuhart began working for the Eames Office and Alexander Girard. Around ten years later, the Neuharts got the bright idea to do a gigantic holiday card for Christmas. A few decades later, House Industries was entrusted by the Girard family with Alexander’s collection and in doing the research for said collection, interviewed the Neuharts. In the course of that interview, Andy and the other Housers were smitten with the gigantic holiday card, and with the blessings of Marilyn, passed it along to the talented David Dodde for pulling one of his famous serigraphs. I’m sure Dodde’s 26″x20″ print was a lot easier to pull than the original huge print, as told by Marilyn:
I had the bright idea to make a giant card for Christmas 1969. John was not noticeably enthusiastic but he went along with the idea, so I drew the Santa, cut some screens and John did the type. It took both of us to pull the squeegee because of the large amount of ink required for a poster of this size. That didn’t work very well, so I got behind John and held on to his belt while he gave a mighty pull. That made him even more unhappy. John rigged a clothesline to hang the wet sheets on. The fumes really built up after a bit so John opened the garage door, causing the sheets to blow into each other and get smudged. By this time he was openly hostile, and kept saying “Why didn’t you think of that?” We started with 150 sheets, a number that rapidly dwindled to our final edition of about 75. We were divorced at least six times during the process, which was normal for this type of project.
Happy Holidays all.
And if Santa is reading. I want.