Un Nursery Gratis [mutual aid, feminism, Latino, LES]

Un Nursery Gratis [mutual aid, feminism, Latino, LES]

New York: np, ca. 1970s. Offset in blue and red ink. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Very good. Text in Spanish. Holograph notation in pen to top right corner. Item #5624

Superbly illustrated flyer with text in Spanish, advertising free community nursery for children 1 1/2 to 5 years old, hosted in the East Village at the Firehouse on 604 E 11th St.

Serving as the firehouse for Engine 28 from Oct. 1880 to 1959, the building - located between Avenues B and C - evidently served for a time in the early 1970s as a community center of sorts. Now private residences, each floor of the building apparently rented for $23,500 per month back in 2012.

This flyer bears a remarkable similarity to the rainbow graphics of the gay anarchist Come!Unity Press, which was located on East 17th Street and operated as an open-access print shop throughout the 1970s; it seems likely that the designers of this flyer either printed at Come!Unity or were inspired by the press.

A document of Nuyorican community organizing, child care, and mutual aid in the Lower East Side.

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