CURIOUS CASE OF THE COMMUNIST JELL-O BOX: THE EXECUTION OF JULIUS & ETHEL ROSENB: $2, 26” x 21”, glossy poster zine, double sided.

This comes all folded up to look like a zine, but when unfolded, it’s a double-sided poster. It’s a sneaky way to get your poster reviewed as a zine. The poster is about the Rosenbergs, who were accused of being Russian spies during the Red Scare of the 1950s. The part that I don’t remember from middle school history class is that the only piece of evidence used to convict them was a Jell-O box that they may or may not have been used to identify themselves to another subversive. The specifics of the trial are printed on the poster, but, needless to say, it was a flimsy case that serves as an example of the anti-communist paranoia from that era. The poster itself has newspaper clippings about the case, declassified documents, and the authors’ explanatory paragraphs, all cut-and-pasted together in a black/ white/ red/ blue color scheme. It’s a well-done tribute to the deserving couple. (Microcosmpublishing.com)