Copies May be Had is a collection of cartes-de-visites. These photographer’s trade cards not only have intriguing portraits from the mid-1800s, but the reverse reveals wonderul photographer’s advertisements, each with their own unique design and typographic approach. Some are simply constructed using only a minimum of text and detail. Others adopt the habit of many printers of the period in their use of a multitude of typefaces to better catch the attention of the reader. Several have beautiful illustrations, motifs or ornamented initials and each one is a minature study in design.
In reproducing them we take something of the collective past and make it known again, until the booklets in which they are presented also become ephemeral, dog-eared remnants—copies that may be had if only for a little while.
In addition, Found 01 comes with an extra item, a faux carte de visite that uses the original images from the publiction along with a nique design letterpressed into the reverse. Each edition of Found will include a bonus item, some from provided by a local artist, writer or poet.