The Insect on the Leaf

Two gleanings from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843):

“It is always the person who is not in the predicament who knows what ought to have been done in it, and would unquestionably have done it too.”

“It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child. Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust.”

Memorial Money

Garfield FiverShot in 1881 by a disgruntled and delusional office seeker, who wished a diplomatic post in France, President James A. Garfield was remembered in 1882 on a five dollar bill.

McKinley PesoShot and killed by an anarchist in Buffalo at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, President William McKinley was remembered on the Philippine five peso bill in 1921.

Kiss Me Carlos


Postcard by John Stalin, who was part of the zine and graphic design world of London in the 1980s; ‘he,’ or perhaps ‘they,’ did work for Zig Zag and The Face, and also produced postcards and ephemera as ‘Stalin,’ ‘John Churchill’ and ‘People’s Police.’ With thanks to Dr. Melissa Conway, who mailed me this card in 1985.