SCHANILEC, Gaylord. MIDNIGHT PAPER SALES. ~ Farmers. Wood Engravings – Interviews.
4 double page colour wood engravings and 1 vignette by Schanilec. One of 174 copies, this no. 163. There were also 26 special copies. Joanna type set in composition at the Los Angeles Types Foundry. Pp. 56. 8vo., [17.5 x 27 cms], bound at the Campbell-Logan Bindery in original amber cloth, printed title labels to upper cover and spine. A fine copy.
Interviews conducted by Gaylord Schanilec with farmers in Wisconsin, edited by his brother Clayton. Like most urban dwellers, Gaylord Schanilec saw farm life as a hazy, black and white image of chickens in the yard with an uncle and aunt waving from the porch. But when he set out with a camera and tape recorder to learn what farmers had to say about rural life, he heard a different story.
‘Farmers’ offers a revealing look into the lives and insights of four Midwestern American farmers—of their fight for survival on the fast changing landscape of rural America today. Schanilec sets the scene for each interview with a two-panel wood engraving in six colours using six separate end-grain maple blocks.