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  1. Who has a San Francisco for trade or sale? Help me out, guys
  2. I doubt it. It's not a particularly interesting mistake and it's not a particularly amazing or popular litho. I mean... maybe? Anything is possible. But I wouldn't rush out to buy up any spares.
  3. Just for clarity, I measured my Manila (which I know with 100% certainty is real) My tape is metric and the litho is just a few mm short of 18 inches wide and almost exactly 24 inches long. As you can see, the toploader I have it in at the moment is a bit short (will probably swap it out and throw it away) but the litho is most definitely "US Standard" The handwriting for the hand-numbering of a lot of the Asia lithos is distinct and at least to my eye (for good or bad, I've seen a LOT of GNR lithos over the past couple years), the handwriting on your fake doesn't match either. Why they would print a fake of one of the more disappointing designs is beyond me. Maybe they just assumed people buying a Manila wouldn't be as discerning or picky as someone buying an expensive litho? No idea.
  4. Got them. Sorry to say but your Manila is fake. Please let us know who the Ebay seller is so as other people can avoid getting burned in the future.
  5. Try to send me the pics again. And take a photo of the numbering. The handwriting is also a dead giveaway for the last Asian leg.
  6. The links to the pics you PM'd don't work but even without looking at it, just from your description, your Manila is fake. Manila should be 18" x 24" but you're saying it's smaller than Odense, which itself is European Standard - European Standard is already significantly smaller than US Standard. Even if it was exactly the same size as Odense, it's still way too small.
  7. I just pulled my Manila out and it is maybe one or two millimeters longer than the 18x24 inch toploader I have it in. But the toploaders have varied in size by that much as well so I'm very confident in saying that the Manila litho is 18x24. If your litho is larger/smaller than 18x24 then I suspect something is wrong.
  8. "US Standard" as explained on my About page is specifically 18 inches x 24 inches. Even though some lithos are SLIGHTLY larger or smaller by a few millimeters, I still list them as "US Standard" because that was the intended size of the final product. Any minor variances are unintentional and not particularly noteworthy. For example, for anybody who has a Mexico City litho and keeps it in an 18x24 portfolio or sleeve has found, the Mexico City litho is slightly wider than 18" and almost impossible to insert into an 18" wide sleeve. But unlike the European lithos (which have their own size), New Zealand lithos (which conform to an International paper size standard), the Hatch Show Print lithos (which don't even share the same size when you compare the 2016 litho to the 2017 litho), the longer LA and Tulsa lithos, slight variances are neither significant nor intentional. When a litho is particularly strange in size and can't be explained in any reasonable way, I have made notes. For example, the Buffalo litho is 18" wide but is like... a whole inch or so shorter than US Standard for some completely bizarre reason.
  9. Yes, Manila is semi-glossy. Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Hong Kong and Johannesburg all were printed on kinda lower-quality paper. My friends and I joked that the paper stock is very similar to the cardboard used for cereal boxes.
  10. even if they were legit and numbered, that's still a ridiculous price
  11. Not anything particularly noteworthy. I do know however that artists commonly submit multiple designs for a single city, so it's not usually a case of submitting one design and then hoping it is accepted or rejected. They might submit two or three designs and have one or two accepted or all of them rejected, for example. There is no particular protocol for the submission process. Some cities have multiple designs from multiple competing artists, some cities have had a particular artist in line to do the design early and then they've played around with concepts until they settled on one they liked.
  12. It's definitely a far more appropriate image and has more gravitas, right? When swapped around and substituted for another city, it just doesn't feel the same. I think that's the reason that I love the design of Cincinnati but it just doesn't win me over completely. I understand the reference but I still think the astronaut would've been better for Houston or Orlando. As for the resulting Cleveland design... well in its defense, if it had been printed as it should have been (instead of so horribly dark) then it would've been significantly better. At least you can actually read the text at the bottom, which can't be said for the real life litho.
  13. Okay, so I thought I'd stop being lazy and reveal some information about the Tulsa litho. I've known this information since about July of last year but just never got around to sharing it since it had originally been shared with me in confidence. But since the topic came up again here recently, I decided it might be interesting enough to make sure it was okay to divulge this information and I have received the all-clear to do so. The Tulsa lithograph was originally designed to be used for Cleveland (the artist's home city), however was eventually bumped further down the tour schedule to be used for Tulsa and was appropriately modified. The original Cleveland design showcases the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge's iconic stone statues entitled "Guardians of Traffic" and was originally designed to be 12in x 36in specifically to be able to display more of the statues and in turn compliment and echo the vertical nature of the guitar illustration. The original Cleveland litho looked like this: but was obviously turned into this:
  14. I discussed the lithograph with the artist a long time ago and even though I'm not sure if I am allowed to share what he shared with me, I can at the very least say Don't Cry and the Hard Rock Hotel are not inspirations for it.
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