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Oppositional print shops of the SF Bay Area


Richard Krech, “Edna,” and a .410 shotgun, at the boneyard, 1968. Photo by Harold Adler, all rights reserved.

During the 1960s there was a powerful confluence of movements, and much of that vibrance has been missed in current histories. I’ve been researching the swath of print shops that in the terminology of today’s post-Occupy world would be called the media outlets of the 99%. These were run by poets, communists, black nationalists, Vietnam veterans, Raza activists, pot smokers, free speechers and liberated women, all struggling to get their message out. My most recent listing is a local shop I’d never heard of, Noh Directions Press. My curiosity was aroused when I noticed their logo on a poster I’m cataloging for the Oakland Museum of California.

I love a challenge, and after email queries, phone calls, institutional researching, false leads, and lots of editorial back-and-forth I drew out a description and a stunning photo. This is the kind of documentation of our own history we have to do before it’s too late to get it right, or someone else will get it wrong.

-Lincoln Cushing

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Web resource on Berkeley historical landmarks and subjects

The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project has produced over 100 actual and virtual markers of this city’s rich culture. It’s a great example of using the Web to share history and geographical content. Subjects include a huge range –  fitness guru Jack Lalanne, film critic Pauline Kael, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and environmentalist David Brower.
My own contribution was an illustrated essay on
Sidewalk Contractor Stamps. [LMC]Image

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New Free Speech Movement photos

It’s hard to believe that history hasn’t been picked clean as years go by, but as an archivist I’m always amazed about new content that surfaces. Check out these color images taken during the confrontations at Sproul Hall in 1964, with the story of their accession. Thanks to FSM historian Barbara Stack for scanning and posting them. Image


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“Effect of Co-op on Berkeley’s Culture and Politics” – Discussion at the Berkeley History Center, Sept. 4

On Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at 3:00 p.m., the Berkeley Historical Society will be presenting a panel discussion as one of their “Co-Op Lectures” on the “Effect of Co-op on Berkeley’s Culture and Politics”.

Speakers will be Bob Schildgen, former Co-op News editor, Chuck Wollenberg, author and history professor, Bruce Miller, former Co-op board president in the 80s, and Linda Rosen, co-curator of the exhibit and BHS past president. Question and answer period to follow.  Admission free. Donations accepted.

The event will take place at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center Street, Berkeley

For more information, click here.