what its like living in Ithaca ny

The quintessential Ithaca poster since 1979

In 1978 Dick Lourie and I collaborated on a broadside of his classic poem "what its like living in Ithaca ny." I had been photographing my own hand for a number of years, and as we discussed ideas I had the vision of hands at the wheel of a car driving down Buffalo Street.

Dick and I piled into Howie Tarnower's VW beetle, and the three of us set off down Buffalo Street on a typical cloudy Ithaca day, me hanging over Dick’s shoulder with my Yashica twin lens reflex, clicking away.

Our first print run, executed by New Beginnings Press, came out in 1979. Sold at local bookstores and at my booth at the annual Ithaca Artists’ Market, the poster quickly became a classic of Ithaca culture. Twenty-five years later its appeal is undiminished--even for people who never took their VW to Karl’s garage!

Purchase Info

In 1996 I had the poster re-printed on a slightly heavier coated stock, 16" x 16.5" and preserving the original layout and design.

You can purchase a copy of this timeless piece of literary wall art, by mail or in person, from:
Kathy Morris
97 Seely Hill Rd
Newfield, NY 14867

Please include your email address and phone number, and a check payable to “Kathy Morris” for $20 ($10 poster, $10 shipping and handling.) NYS residents please include $1.60 sales tax, total $21.60.) Or I can invoice you through PayPal, if you prefer.  Specify if you would like your copy signed (upper left hand corner next to credits) and/or dedicated to someone in particular. Poster is shipped rolled in a tube.

Recommended display method: laminated and mounted on foam core. (Or just taped to your refrigerator for that nostalgic flavor....)

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