An American Puzzle

  • Lloyd G. Schermer, An American Puzzle, 2006, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2006.2

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Lloyd Schermer created An American Puzzle out of antique printing type, advertising plates, and engravings created for mastheads. Some of the type blocks are as much as two hundred years old and include carved maple, birch, ebony, walnut and mahogany, as well as forged metal pieces. In 1964, when Schermer's newspaper in Missoula, Montana, converted from typeset printing to offset lithography (which uses photography to transfer the image of each page of a newspaper), he salvaged much of the old type and stored it in his home until he could decide what to do with it.

Title
An American Puzzle
Artists
Date
2006
On View
Dimensions
48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – American
  • Object – toy – puzzle
  • Object – written matter
Object Number
2006.2
Palette
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