I received a newsletter from New North Press on Tuesday which featured the subject line 'Being for the benefit of Mr Kite'. Being a huge Beatles fan I was pleased to see that they had been working on a reproduction of the victorian circus poster that inspired Mr Lennon's track of the same name.
Peter Dean had approached New North Press (in his quaint little vintage car (see video)), as well as the wood engraver, Andy English to recreate the poster which features in only one image with Lennon.
The video (created by Nick Esdaile & Joe Fellows of Make Productions) shows the mammoth process that was needed to painstakingly recreate the poster. From sizing the poster by Lennon's height in the photo, engraving the illustration, the intricacy of setting the type, to the huge proofing process before final print; The task was a mammoth one and it is an in indication of the skill and care of the craftspeople involved that the print looks so beautiful.
You can see more about the project over at the website (which is also lovely looking) kiteprint.com
"I've got blisters on my fingers!"
*little white album joke there... ahem
Lennon's Poster from Make Productions on Vimeo.