Class Struggle Penny Crusher
(or, The People's Pennies)
begun Summer 2008
I am in the (admittedly slow) process of realizing a souvenir penny-crushing machine which would imprint pennies with designs relevant to working class struggles for social justice in Western Pennsylvania's past. Unfortunately, I've hit a number of dead-ends in the process of trying to make this project a reality. In it's current incarnation, the machine would incorporate an updated, slimmed-down design based on that of former Westinghouse engineer Bill Ball, constructed by myself and Stuart Anderson, and incorporating illustrations by Pittsburgh labor history artist and political cartoonist Bill Yund.
Please get in touch if you have serious funding ideas or other relevant leads. In it's ideal state, this machine would be mobile enough to migrate to several museums and other relevant venues.
I collect these pennies as well, mostly when traveling and through kind friends who press them for me during their own travels. I keep a running list of the pennies I have thus far, although I've yet to get around to scanning the pennies themselves.