For several years, I’ve had the idea to create a souvenir penny-crushing machine
which would imprint pennies with designs relevant to working class struggles for social justice in Western Pennsylvania’s past. Unfortunately, I’ve hit a number of dead-ends in the process of trying to make this project a reality. In it’s current incarnation, the machine would incorporate an updated, slimmed-down, somewhat mobile design based on that of former Westinghouse engineer Bill Ball, constructed by Stuart Anderson
and myself, and incorporating illustrations by Pittsburgh labor history artist and political cartoonist Bill Yund
. Although my inclination is to keep the scope of the project regional, I’m open to reinterpretation if it influences the possibility of realizing the finished project. In its ideal state, this machine would be mobile enough to migrate to several museums and other relevant venues. Please get in touch if you have serious funding ideas or other relevant leads!
email me at shaun (at) justseeds (dot) org
(I didn’t design the Indiana Farmers penny above, it’s just an example from my collection)