One of the highlights in doing research for our Girard Collection was the first sit-down we had with John and Marilyn Neuhart. I have to admit, during some of the conversations my eye kept wandering off towards a print of their original Christmas Greetings “poster” from 1969 (John holding it above). Since then I wanted to figure out a way to share that amazing image with folks that might not have been on the original Neuhart Christmas list. Marylin gave us the thumbs up and we had David Dodde pull a 3 color version of Santa on both paper and on a solid chunk of maple.
The backstory is just as good as the artwork:
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.
– Marilyn Neuhart
Posted by Andy Cruz on November 26, 2009