I stand before you a cradle to grave antique dealer, researcher and archivist hoping to lift the earnest expressions of anonymous American workers to a place of prominence within written history. It is an unusually stubborn amalgam.
Sourcing my finds in the valleys between Pennsylvania coal mines and the embarrassingly rich Gilded Age ruins left behind by Pittsburgh steel, they and I naturally document the laboring class.
I believe there is a kind of heroic strength locked in the personal mementos of the working poor, totems of a perpetual faith in something more. These expressions, once forgotten by their private circumstance, find wider context as illustrations of our shared struggle.
Emotionally resonant art and unvarnished truth at once, here the best examples of the Mid Atlantic and Rust Belt labor experience are offered equally to aspiring collectors and all levels of institutions alike.
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