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Removable poster incorporating Alex Shear’s “Object Lesson #2”

Esopus 2 (Spring 2004)

Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #2

By Alex Shear

In Issue #1, Alex Shear, the legendary collector of pop ephemera, offered a sampling from his collection of soda bottles that “paid homage” to the original 7-Up logo. This time around, he’s contributed a jaw-dropping assortment of gun-shaped objects—from children’s toothbrushes to pizza cutters—arranged on a 17" x 32" removable poster.

Alex Shear has compiled a collection of over 100,000 20th-century pop-culture artifacts in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the ‘70s, Shear was a highly successful designer of housewares and clothing; since 1990, he has focused exclusively on acquisition, and objects from his collection have been featured in exhibitions at Manhattan’s Children’s Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others.