Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Day 288 — Deckle
Palpable leaves of an old book. Before modern paper trimming processes all books had deckle edges, but it became a status symbol post industrialization. This exquisite edition sports the abhorrent title of Nigger Heaven (penned by Harlem Renaissance guru Carl Van Vechten in 1926). The title refers to the balconies of 19th century churches, when balconies were reserved for African Americans, as the white members of the congregation sat below.
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