Mr Kite, Mr Lennon and Mr Letterpress

Back in 1967, John Lennon and the Beatles released Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite - it was a track on their definitive album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song was inspired by an 1843 poster John Lennon had purchased in an antiques shop. The poster was a wonderful Victorian curiosity with boasts such as 'Mr Henderson will undertake the arduous task of THROWING TWENTY-ONE SOMERSETS, ON THE SOLID GROUND' and 'Over Men & Horses, through Hoops, over Garters and lastly through a Hogshead of REAL FIRE!'

With its mixture of typefaces, complex typographic structure and woodcut images, it's also a fascinating example of letterpress printing from the period. This, and the Beatles connection, has inspired designer Peter Dean to replicate the poster as closely as possible and create a limited edition of 1,967 new letterpress prints of it. Below, you can watch a short film about the poster which was made by Nick Esdaile and Joe Fellows, and shown on boingboing...

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