The Curious Case of the Communist Jell-o Box: The Execution of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

The Curious Case of the Communist Jell-o Box: The Execution of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

by Mia Partlow & Michael Hoerger

This awesome "poster zine" shows the sordid shared history between Jell-O and nuclear secrets. Wait. What? Yep, Jell-O and nuclear secrets. Packed with espionage and intrigue, this super sweet poster (featuring declassified documents!), details the not-so-well-known connections between America's favorite jiggly fruit snack and the Manhattan project, government propaganda campaigns, and executed spies (or were they?) Ethel and Julius Rosenburg. It's totally like a John Grisham novel ... only, y'know, not stupid and predictable and terribly written. There's always room for J-E-L-L-O. And nukes! And the truth! It's a little preview of our upcoming book Edible Secrets!

 
 

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Riot 77 10/17/2011

A milestone moment in U.S. political history where activists on the left organized mass protests opposing the government's conduct.

avatar thinkcreep 3/2/2011

Just read this and wonder how this could be the first time I heard such a thing!
It left a chill down my spine at how hysteria can grip a nation and end lives.
First we had communism now we have terrorism.

Elevate Difference 12/30/2010

"Your inner geek will be tickled pink with reproductions of the now-declassified transcripts from the 1950 Grand Jury trial and a declassified CIA memo that supplies background material on how to counter pro-Rosenberg propaganda. The collage of period newspaper clippings and sensational headlines from both sides of the political spectrum with their scratchy and at times illegible letters give the zine a genuine 1950s look and feel.

CCCJB left me wanting to find out more about the Rosenbergs and the two children they left behind, and a link to further reading about the case would have been appreciated. But overall this was a well-planned undertaking and a lot of entertainment for just two bucks. I checked out the authors’ website, and they have other food-related political zines with their own declassified documents… excellent… excellent!"

The Unexpected Twists and Turns blog 12/23/2010

Your inner geek will be tickled pink with reproductions of the now-declassified transcripts from the 1950 Grand Jury trial and a declassified CIA memo that supplies background material on how to counter Pro-Rosenberg propaganda. The collage of period newspaper clippings and sensational headlines from both sides of the political spectrum with their scratchy and at times illegible letters give the zine a genuine 1950s look and feel. Read more: http://www.theunexpectedtnt.com/2010/12/jello-its-communist-past.html

dotrad 11/23/2010

"The Curious Case of the Communist Jell-o Box presents the Rosenburgs and the nuclear intrigue that was part of the U.S. experience during that period. Using images, declassified documents and creative art, the poster-zine is a lovely reminder that, while the web and old-New-Left newspapers might be familiar media, the poster’s ability to make an important political point is timeless."

Roctober 9/20/2010

"A beautifully designed, 2-sided, three color poster telling the sad, strange tale of the Rosenbergs through prose, collage and the Freedom of Information Act, this publication is most notable for inventing a new form...the poster book. No, it isn't a book of posters of Justin Bieber like the poster book I just bought my underage girlfriend, but rather a book in the form of an oversized poster. It will not replace Bob Marley and bikini girl posters in dorm rooms, or Heimlich posters in restaurants, and believe me, it's not an easy read on a crowded bus, but it is a design marvel."

No Homework 4Ever Magazine 7/29/2010

"The Curious Case of the Communist Jell-O Box is an awesome “Poster zine”, which basically shows the sordid and ambiguous shared history between Jell-O and nuclear secrets. The perfect zine for the paranoid, conspiracy theorist who also happens to be stoned stupid.

Wait. What the Fuck? Yep, Jell-O and nuclear secrets, doesn’t seem logical at all. Packed with fucking espionage and James bond- type intrigue, this super sweet poster (featuring declassified documents!), details the not-so-well-known connections between America’s favorite gelatinous fruit snack and the infamous Manhattan project, government propaganda campaigns, and executed spies Ethel and Julius Rosenburg.

There’s always room for Bill Cosby Jell-O, Nukes and espionage, awesome."