America's Labor Heritage: Family Supper

America's Labor Heritage: Family Supper

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Poster Artwork Details

Features the artwork, Family Supper by Ralph Fasanella, 1972

Produced by Public Domain Project, 1990. An Initiative to Place the Paintings of Ralph Fasanella in Museums and Public Institutions.

Poster Dimensions: 21" w x 32" h

Text on poster:

"It's a typical family of immigrants that came to America around 1910. We had three rooms and eight people in my family. We paid about eight bucks a month, cold water flat....In those days you hada gas meter, you had to put a quarter in and then the light would come on."

"My mother was a buttonhole maker in a dress shop. There in the center, I show a woman tied to a cross with the clothesline, feet in a pan cooling them off. Mothers are always working, right?"

"And underneath the gas meter is a towel, Pillsbury flour. In those days, we got flour bags, and a lot of families made pillow cases, towels, pants, dresses."

"I put my father on the calendar at the right. Since he was an iceman, I use the symbol I know best - ice tongs. And I have this in his memory: 'The poor bastard died broke.' Then I have on top of the refrigerator, 'Goodbye Joe'. I cried when I put that in. I was saying goodbye to my father."

 - Ralph Fasanella